For Immediate Release
(Thursday 6th December 2018)
DIABETIC WOUND CARE SYMPOSIUM RAISES THE BAR & ANNOUNCES TARGET TO REDUCE AMPUTATIONS BY 50%
The Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) recently hosted its second annual Diabetic Wound Care Symposium at the PHA’s Corporate Training Centre last month. Special guest trainer Nancy Morgan, co-founder of the Wound Care Education Institute (WCEI) out of Illinois led the training for the symposium. The sessions provided Registered Nurses with education and training on the latest evidence-based approaches to wound management, enhancing the likelihood of better outcomes for patients.
Aubynette Rolle, PHA’s Director of Quality and Patient Safety, noted, “We have a high incidence of diabetes in the Bahamas, and one of the main risks of diabetes is developing ulcers. This is why we have invited Nancy Morgan, who assisted in our first Wound Care Specialists training program, to once again assist in our second such symposium.” Participants included physicians, nurses and pharmacists from the PHA and the private sector.
The Bahamas is a world leader with respect to incidences of diabetes; according to a 2015 study conducted by the IDF (International Diabetes Federation), which showed that 6.7 % of the local Bahamian population, which is about 23,000 people were pre-diabetic, and that 36,000 (9.2%) were diabetic. November is recognized in the Bahamas as Diabetes Awareness Month with November 14th recognized globally as World Diabetes Day.
Dr Danny Johnson, Consultant Podiatrist with the Ministry of Health evidenced his support for the Wound Care initiative, “November is World Diabetes Month and the awareness, action and access is on with us in the Bahamas. We have with us a world-renowned trainer who is training all the nurses in the public health system to assess the diabetic foot early so that we can take action.”
Dr Johnson further outlined the approach being taken to address diabetic wounds and their complications, “We know that is the awareness about diabetes in the family, there has been no family in the Bahamas that has not been affected by diabetes. Our team is really aware and serious about reducing the rate of amputation by 50% in the next five years. What does this mean? We are putting together a national screening tool, it’s a 60-second tool, in 60 seconds we can assess the nerves, blood supply and competency of the diabetic limb. We assess these patients in three categories small, medium and high risk, meaning green light, yellow light, red light. These people are treated if they need it within two weeks. We have set up a station of excellence at the South Beach Clinic and we are currently in the process of organizing a comprehensive team to screen throughout the Bahamas.”
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