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.