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Wound care centre for diabetics

CAROL MARTINDALE, [email protected]

Wound care centre for diabetics

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Major relief is coming for the thousands of diabetes sufferers in this country, and it will result in Barbados shedding the dubious tag of being the amputations capital of the world.
That’s because a Wound Management Centre has been launched here that will introduce world-class ultrasonic assisted wound (UAW) treatment that will greatly minimize amputations due to diabetes and peripheral vascular disease.
The private sector initiative is being financed by prominent businessman Bjorn Bjerkhamn, who said he was introduced to UAW?treatment following a trip to Florida in 2010.
The official launch ceremony was held at Coverly Square, Christ Church, before an audience that included Minister of Health Donville Inniss and chief physician and managing director of the centre, Dr Natasha Farnum.
Farnum, a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, said a 64-year-old retired nurse, who had been diagnosed with peripheral vascular disease and hypertension, had already benefited from the procedure and had made staggering improvements over the past five weeks.
The patient, who had a foot wound that was one centimetre deep, has had five treatments in the last two weeks and that wound is now less than half-centimetre deep.
According to Farnum, that patient is feeling “lighter”, more comfortable and has little pain now.
Farnum said that patient education was vital and every effort must be made to educate those with diabetes and poor circulation.
“Foot care is paramount, and waiting until modern medicine has no choice but to amputate is not the route to take.
“This machinery will not stop all amputations from now on, but now Barbadians join the other countries in the world with first-class cutting edge treatment for chronic wound care.”
Full story in today’s DAILY NATION