HOLLYWOOD. March 28, 2011, Hollywood, Calif. – The Diabetic Foot Global Conference (DFCon) concluded on Saturday, March 26, 2011 as about 1000 attendees from all 50 states and 50 countries travel back to their clinics to implement new strategies to prevent diabetes-related amputations. The faculty was as diverse as the audience presenting new information on topics like vascular disease, foot infections, reconstruction, and chronic wounds. Workshops gave participants hands-on experience with all sorts of new tools that can be used to treat wounds and vascular disease.
The conference is the setting for the annual Edward James Olmos Award for Advocacy in Preventing Amputations in Diabetes. The 2011 award recipient was Joseph L.R. Mills, Sr., M.D., a vascular surgeon from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.
Olmos laureate (2003) Dr. Karl Bakker from The Netherlands presented new data suggesting there are 1 million diabetes-related amputations in the world annually. That is roughly 1 amputation every 20 seconds. Conference Co-Chair David Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of the University of Arizona’s Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA), summed things up by saying, “Everything points to the fact that we are collectively making a difference, but everything also points to the fact that we’ve a bigger difference to make. It is a very exciting time.”
Preparations are underway for DFCon 2012, which will mark the 10th anniversary of the premier meeting.
Photos: Edward James Olmos, David G. Armstrong, George Andros and DFCon11 EJO Award Winner Joseph L. Mills