Our answer is simply: more knowledge and more access. We believe we can improve wound care globally with increased public awareness, expanded knowledge, enhanced care and support for research to improve wound care.
Enhancing wound care is one of our critical functions for improving wound care. Globally, we accomplish this with our travel scholarships for wound care professionals to travel to resource poor countries to provide needed education and training on wound care. During these trips, direct wound care is often provided as a way to teach others necessary skills. We have seen the difference in the quality of wound care delivered based on the education and training our volunteers provide.
Here in the U.S., we enhance care by providing supplies that uninsured and under-insured people need and can’t afford. We provide diabetic shoes so people with diabetic foot wounds that have healed don't have another wound develop. We provide funds to wound care clinics for development of patient and family education materials about wounds and wound care.
We support wound centers around the U.S. by helping them to provide:
- Diabetic shoes and advanced wound therapies to uninsured or underinsured patients
- Teaching materials for patients and families
“I got tired of seeing my patients with diabetic foot ulcers come back to our wound center with new ulcers after months of work to heal their ulcers. Our patients were unable to afford things like diabetic shoes that prevent recurring problems. The Bates-Jensen Wound Reach Foundation allows me to buy diabetic shoes and other wound care therapies for my patients. It has made a huge difference for us.”
-Gregory Bohn, MD, Bettendorf, Iowa
We provide scholarships for health care providers to travel to resource poor countries to provide education and training in basic wound care. We start by identifying resource poor countries with a need for wound care. Once a wound program has been set up in a particular country, our travel scholarships enable health care providers to work side-by-side with in-country health care workers to provide education and training in basic wound care. By working with these sites for 3 to 5 years, we can improve the standard of wound care and increase wound care capability in that country. Currently we help support wound care programs in Haiti, Cambodia, Peru and India.
What difference does this education and training make? Sometimes it’s a big difference!
In 2012 , Dr. BBJ traveled to rural Raxaul, India with Dr. Mike Southworth. While in India, Mike and BBJ saw a 29 year-old man with undiagnosed diabetes and severe blood vessel disease (arterial disease) in his feet. The man was in severe pain and at risk for a double amputation of both feet.
Mike performed vascular surgery, with BBJ as his assistant, saving both of his feet and helping future patients by using the surgery as a teaching moment with the doctors and nurses from India, watching & learning. Since that visit the doctors in Raxaul have performed the surgery twice.
Sometimes it’s a little difference.
While volunteering in Haiti in 2012, Dr. BBJ conducted wound care rounds with the Haitian nursing staff and provided education on the basic and vital step of washing hands between patients; a step often missed in countries with limited resources.
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