Barbadians endure Too Many Unnecessary Amputations, follow medical guidance all urged

Barbados and the Caribbean may have high amputation rates since the complexion of some diabetics do not allow for the easy detection of sores and ulcers on their feet which increase the prospects of surgery, unless patients themselves engage in better care of their feet.

Dr Margaret O’Shea from the Queen Elizabeth Hospital spoke at the Queen’s Park Steel Shed was a guest lecturer at the inaugural Oscar Jordan Symposium, she noted keeping feet well covered yet ventilated with a fairly thick shoe sole would greatly minimise the need for surgery.

Too many times, she noted, how doctors on more than one occasion asked patients if they were barefoot and in the yard when a wound began and almost every time the patient replies they can’t remember if that was the case – so they do not dispute it…

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