Preventing Amputations Starts with PCPs

Joe Cantlupe, for HealthLeaders Media , August 29, 2013

Amputation Prevention Efforts Spreading
Amputation prevention programs such as the one at Metro Health are "a small, but growing field as this is a very important area of medicine," Mustapha says. He and his partners take every opportunity they can to improve awareness among physicians, patients and the community, he says. And Mustapha directs an annual national conference, the Amputation Prevention Symposium, devoted to critical limb ischemia.

Of those physicians whose patients later go to him on their own, and have an amputation prevented, some, but not all, are "very happy, seeking more information and increasing their referrals," Mustapha says.

Others remain obstinate, "avoiding the discussion and not changing their practice," he says.

The physicians willing to change "tend to ramp up their screening efforts and refer more patients and refer them earlier in their disease process," Mustapha says. "We always make an effort to let the patient knew their foot was saved because their current physician recognized the problem and sent them to ."

Joe Cantlupe is a senior editor with HealthLeaders Media Online.
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