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St. Mary Center for Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Partners with Amputation Prevention Centers of America®


Innovative program utilizes multidisciplinary approach to help patients at risk for amputation

Apple Valley, Calif. – November 19, 2012 – St. Mary Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine announced today a new partnership with the Amputation Prevention Centers of America®, a program which utilizes an innovative team-based approach by pairing foot and ankle surgeons with vascular surgeons, generating significant results in reducing major amputations for the growing number of people in the country who suffer from the complications of diabetes and/or peripheral arterial disease. This partnership distinguishes St. Mary from other wound care centers, providing exceptional care for patients facing amputation.

In the United States, nearly 24 million people – or 7.8 percent of the U.S. population – have diabetes. People with diabetes are far more likely to undergo foot or leg amputations because many have circulation and nerve problems, which lead to ulcers and infections that may ultimately, result in amputation, according to the American Diabetes Association. As recent studies point out, the ability to save a limb does more than preserve lifestyle and quality of life, it can save a life.

“More than half of the patients who receive amputations die within five years, resulting in a mortality rate that is worse than most cancers. If we can proactively partner with patients and physicians, every limb preserved will be a life saved,” said Dr. Vincent Ajanwachuku, medical director at St. Mary Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine.

At the center, patients with severe wound cases will be evaluated by St. Mary clinicians and have a complete array of diagnostic tests and procedures performed. Consultations with a vascular surgeon, podiatrist and other members of the multidisciplinary care team will also be conducted. The vital information gathered during the evaluation and testing helps the St. Mary amputation prevention team formulate a comprehensive treatment plan, tailored to the patient’s needs.

Paradigm Medical Management, a progressive company dedicated to the development, implementation, and management of hospital outpatient wound care, amputation prevention and hyperbaric medicine centers, created the Amputation Prevention Centers of America® in 2010. The company’s diversity of experience and dedication to excellence set its amputation prevention programs apart, and has earned Paradigm’s partners a position of leadership in the practice of ensuring the highest level of care for patients facing the possibility of limb loss.

To learn more about amputation prevention or to schedule an appointment with the St. Mary Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, call (760) 242-2111.

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