Whether it is empowering women or building interprofessional teams to enhance the lives of others, WoundPedia™ connects its followers with international humanitarian projects that are making a difference around the world.

The Guyana Diabetes & Footcare Project
Canadian Visit – June 2012

In the month of March will be showcasing a 30 minute video captures the efforts of a Canadian team of Physicians and other healthcare professionals during their June 2012 trip to Guyana, South America. Sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), the purpose of this project was preventing amputations in persons with diabetes. This was accomplished by establishing an interprofessional clinical team for Guyana and a Diabetic Foot Centre in July 2008 at Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC). Through application of Wound Bed Preparation paradigm of evidence informed practice, broad spectrum antibiotic therapy, conservative debridement & plantar pressure redistribution, the project has improved Diabetic and Footcare. Screening for the high risk diabetic foot using a 60 second tool enabled high risk individuals to be selected and referred to the Diabetic Foot Centre. Amputation rates during the course of the project were reduced by 68%. This means that 200+ amputations were avoided by 2012!

Reverse innovation” is when a successful, yet inexpensive process or product is implemented in a developing nation and is then brought back to the Western world for implementation.1 This innovative process is repackaged for low-cost implementation in a new marketplace for developed nations. This Diabetic Foot Care Program in Guyana is an example of a successful low cost innovative solution for high amputation rates and poor health outcomes that could be brought back to Canada for implementation. This video outlines the journey of the health care professionals during one of their Guyana visits to increase knowledge, and healthcare system capacity to sustain.

1 Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble. Reverse Innovation: Create Far From Home, Win Everywhere.Harvard Business Review Press, 2012.

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