Highlights From The Recent DFCon Meeting

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD

Diabetes and diabetic foot experts from around the globe met March 15 to 17 at the tenth DFCon Global Diabetic Foot Conference in Los Angeles to share ideas on how to prevent lower limb amputations due to the complications of diabetes.

Lee C. Rogers, DPM, and Joseph L. Mills, Sr., MD, were the course directors. More than 30 internationally known experts from 11 countries served on the DFCon faculty. The speakers offered a number of insights.

Dr. Mills presented the details on WIFI, a proposed classification for diabetic foot ulcers:
W= wound depth (University of Texas or PEDIS 1, 2 or 3)
I = Ischemia (mild, moderate, severe)
FI = Foot Infection (Infectious Diseases Society of America mild, moderate, severe)

Prof. Sir Karel Bakker discussed the startling projection that by 2030, 550 million people worldwide will have diabetes and there will be a lower extremity amputation every 20 seconds.

Peter Cavanagh, PhD, DSc, from the University of Washington, gave a superb talk focusing on the 200-fold variation in amputation rates worldwide.

Jan Apelqvist, MD, PhD, a noted physician, educator, and international expert on the diabetic foot and wound management, received the 2012 Edward James Olmos Award for Advocacy in Amputation Prevention.

The next DFCon meeting is set for March 21 to 23, 2013, at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles.

This blog has been adapted with permission from previous blogs that originally appeared at www.diabeticfootonline.blogspot.com .

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