Native Solutions to Native American Country: The IHS Wound Collective

Physicians, surgeons and nurses from across the country dedicated to health care for Native Americans gathered today in Phoenix to discuss collective methods to improve wound care and amputation prevention. “This was a terrific gathering”, noted David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of the University of Arizona's Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance, “To be in the presence of real pioneers like John Ferris and Pat Stevenson is simply inspirations. Dr. Ferris and Ms. Stevenson, who joined Dr. Armstrong on the expert panel, shared their leadership experience with forming a highly successful wound healing program within the Oklahoma City area Indian Health Service (IHS) community which has now begun a nationwide rollout. Armstrong continued “Coordination is key. What we'd like to see are these hugely successful programs emulated across the IHS. Improving access to cutting-edge care whilst reducing costs by four fold is both good medicine and good sense.”

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