Monday, October 8, 2012

American Indian Healthcare and Wound Care

FirstNative Wound Care Conference
Native Nations Events
Morongo, CA

In addition to all of our other health disparities, American Indians have higher rates of diabetic foot infections, amputations, and disabilities than other populations.  The purpose of this conference was to highlight new technologies that have been very successful at reducing amputations.  My presentation focused on some of the challenges we face in trying to provide health services in impoverished communities and with an under-funded Indian Health Service.  We are looking to develop pilot programs with specific tribal communities to demonstrate the cost savings and improved outcomes by using a more aggessive approach to addressing diabetic ulcerations and wound infections.

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