Beverly Hospital will be hosting its first Amputation Prevention Summit on Saturday, September 29, 2018 on the hospital campus at 309 West Beverly Boulevard, Montebello, California, drawing clinicians from the greater Los Angeles area.
This educational event will highlight the urgent nature of the diabetes epidemic— diabetes being among one of the top ten leading causes of death in California and the leading cause of non-traumatic lower extremity amputation. Guest speakers will share important data, current trends in limb salvage and best-practices in the battle against diabetes-related complications. They will also discuss ways healthcare professionals can improve their practices in order to reduce lower extremity amputations.
A person with diabetes has a risk of leg amputation that is 15-40 times greater than a person without diabetes. Within two to four years of unilateral limb loss, one-third of all patients lose the other leg. Only about 50% survive more than five years following a leg amputation. With the future incidence of diabetes projected to rise to 550 million people worldwide by the year 2030, limb salvage is becoming a viable alternative, often producing better outcomes than amputation … read more