An Amputation Prevention Center® facility is a specialized service offering within a comprehensive wound healing center that is dedicated to the care of patients who may be facing lower limb amputation, most often due to complications from diabetes.
Limb Salvage Requires an Aggressive Approach
Our approach to limb salvage is aggressive and comprehensive, coordinating traditional and advanced therapies that aid and accelerate the healing process.
Our centers staffed with the clinical experts needed to treat complex patients who present with often life- and limb-threatening conditions in need of immediate surgical and/or medical attention. Many patients require admission to the hospital due to disease severity.
An Amputation Prevention Center facility brings together a unique and highly effective collaborative approach to limb preservation, offering advanced services with a dedicated, surgically trained staff and case managers whose sole focus is to coordinate patient care throughout the inpatient/outpatient process.
Individualized, Patient-Focused Care
We utilize best clinical practices that begin with a thorough patient evaluation and diagnostic testing to determine wound etiology. An individualized care plan is then developed utilizing a variety of techniques to save limbs from amputation, including:
- Infection control
- Blood flow restoration
- Foot reconstruction and/or skin grafting
- Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy
- Cellular and tissue-based products
- Specialty dressings and wraps
- Advanced diagnostics
Through a highly skilled and integrated team-based approach, we have achieved tremendous success in significantly reducing major amputation rates and saving limbs.
Patients Remain in Your Care
As the referring physician, your patient remains in your care. You will receive ongoing progress reports with updated photos, remaining an active member of the wound care management team.
When to Call the Amputation Prevention Center® Facility
Any patient who has a wound that has not responded to conventional therapy should be referred to the wound center for further evaluation.
Time is of the Essence When Trying to Save a Limb
The best time to refer a patient to an Amputation Prevention Center facility is when the foot has any complication of diabetes, like an ulcer, circulation abnormalities or a deformity, such as Charcot foot. When the foot is red and/or swollen or an infection or critical ischemia (with or without gangrene) is suspected, make an urgent referral.
As soon as a referral is made to the center, our team begins your patient on an aggressive path to limb preservation.