David G. Armstrong, Professor of Surgery and Director of the University of Arizona’s Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) delivered a keynote address at the China National Forum on the Diabetic Foot held in Chengdu this week. In it, he showed data revealing massive differences in amputation rates not only from nation to nation, but from hospital to hospital. “These huge disparities call for a unified approach to training, education and, ultimately care”, noted Armstrong. “Creation of a unified high-risk foot training model for physicians and surgeons could ultimately be the game-changer we have been seeking for two generations”. In addition to showing numerous new and refined surgical and therapeutic techniques refined at SALSA and other units, he finished with hopeful data. “Amputation rates, while rising in much of the world, appear to be stabilizing and falling in others. This seems especially true in regions that have focused on training teams and not just toying with technology.”
The forum also featured Dr. Robert Frykberg of the Carl T. Haden Veterans Affairs Medical Center and JP Hong, Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Asan Medical Center in Seoul.