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The American Diabetes Association (ADA) recently hosted a worldwide webinar entitled “Dialogue with ADA: Addressing Opportunities & Challenges of Preventing Diabetes-Related Amputations”. This virtual event featured leading experts in the field, including Professors Rodica Pop Busui of University of Michigan, Richard Neville, Chief of Surgery at Innova Healthcare, and Professor David G. Armstrong, Director of the Southwestern Academic Limb Salvage Alliance at Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California. The program was moderated by Lisa Murdock, Chief Advocacy Officer of the ADA.
During the webinar, the speakers discussed the scope of diabetes-related amputations, both globally and in the United States. They also explored strategies for reducing these complications, including advocacy, education, and multidisciplinary care. The webinar fielded questions from patient advocates, physicians, and nurses from five continents, providing a truly global perspective on the issue.
Professor Pop Busui, who is also the president-elect of the ADA, emphasized the importance of early detection and prevention of diabetes-related complications, including amputations. She noted that this requires a combination of patient education, regular monitoring and management of blood sugar levels, and timely access to specialized medical care.
Richard Neville spoke about the role of surgery in preventing amputations, highlighting the importance of timely and appropriate interventions to preserve limb function. He also discussed the use of advanced technologies such as tissue engineering and regenerative medicine to improve outcomes for patients.
Professor Armstrong shared his expertise on the importance of multidisciplinary care in preventing amputations, highlighting the role of various medical specialties such as podiatry, vascular surgery, primary care, endocrinology, and physical therapy in optimizing patient outcomes.
The recorded webinar can be found on the ADA’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpgxy9j8EKE for those who were unable to attend the live event.
Overall, the webinar provided valuable insights and information for healthcare professionals, patients, and advocates seeking to prevent diabetes-related amputations. The ADA is committed to continuing to provide resources and support for those affected by diabetes and its complications.
About the American Diabetes Association The American Diabetes Association is a leading non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of those affected by diabetes. Through research, education, and advocacy, the ADA works to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of those living with the disease.