Hyperbaric Medicine 2007 Symposium

    Toronto Hyperbaric Medicine Symposium to discuss advancements in wound

    Yes! We can offer persons with diabetes an alternative to leg amputation!

    TORONTO, Oct. 19 /CNW/ - Today, The Ontario Medical Association (OMA)
section on Hyperbaric Medicine is hosting the Toronto Hyperbaric Medicine
Symposium - 2007. The most important figures in the field of diabetic leg
health will come together to discus solutions to the crisis in diabetes, which
creates the greatest number of leg amputations. The symposium will center on
advancements in wound care and cover various topics including innovations in
hyperbaric clinical technology and its clinical benefits.
    "The rate of leg amputations as a result of diabetes is alarming," said
Dr. Wayne Evans, OMA Section Chair on Hyperbaric Medicine. "This forum is a
window on the future and will provide an opportunity to examine new ways of
treating these individuals, as well as gaining the support of key decision
makers in order to push these solutions forward."
    The symposium will center around possible solutions published this year
in the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) Report No.
75 called "Adjunctive Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Diabetic Foot Ulcer: An
Economic Analysis." It will consist of a series of short presentations,
followed by a forum discussion emphasizing the need for timely care
coordination plus Hyperbaric Medicine in order to help tackle this problem.
    Taking place at the home of North America's only operational rectangular
walk-in style hyperbaric chamber, the symposium will highlight the potential
economic savings of the new technologies and encourage medical professionals,
as well as key decision makers in Ontario, to join as part of the solution.
    "The economic costs and suffering of people with diabetes can be
significantly reduced," said Dr. Evans. "It's time that the decision makers
become part of the solution as they plan our future. This knowledge is useful
for improving overall patient care, and needs to be considered in hospital
    The speakers will be available to the press near the completion of and
following the symposium. Refreshments will be available.

For further information:

For further information: call Nadia Daniell of OMA Media Relations at
(416) 340-2862 or 1-800-268-7215 ext. 2862

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