While every twenty seconds a limb is lost somewhere in the world due to diabetes, this burden is carried much more by Native Americans. “Native Americans are between two and five times more likely to receive an amputation than are their neighbors”, noted David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD, Professor of Surgery and Director of the Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance at the University of Arizona. During a keynote address entitled “Wound Healing: The Global State of Play”, he ultimately focused on Native American Nations and techniques and teams to heal wounds and prevent amputation. Armstrong continued, “The good news now is that, while amputation continues to rise in many places, we are for the first time seeing a reduction in other communities. The key is marrying teams with technologies. When that happens, healing is possible and amputation isn't inevitable.” The symposium, which attracted policymakers, business leaders and physicians from Native American communities across the continent, concluded today in Cabazon, California.
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Carlyle Begay, Board President at Arizona Indian Chamber of Commerce and Principal of Native Health Group and
David G. Armstrong, SALSA