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VETERAN DIABETIC FOOT ULCERS (DFUs) AMPUTATIONS UPDATE

796,340 Veterans have died from Lower Limb Amputations (LLA) resulting from Diabetic Foot Ulcers (DFU) in the past 22-years. This is more than all US Service members Killed in Action in all the U.S. Wars (623,982) since the start of World War I. Hundreds of Thousands of Veterans are Dying Prematurely from Diabetic Foot Ulcer Amputations When a Life-Saving Treatment is Available but Widely Unused by the VHA Read More
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PRESS RELEASE: VETERANS WITH DIABETIC FOOT ULCERS (DFUs) DYING AFTER AVOIDABLE AMPUTATIONS

The underlying tragedy is that the VHA is arbitrarily withholding services to conserve contract expenditures when expending six times the cost in treatments, amputations, surgical, and after care cost. HBOT contract services will provide fewer capital expenditures long-term by including existing hospital-based civilian Community Care Providers in the Diabetic Foot Ulcer Veteran population. Read More
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Sucide Prevention Point Paper Veterans Day 2022

POINT PAPER: NATIONAL/VA/MILITARY SUICIDE PREVENTION STRATEGIES: NOT PREVENTING SUICIDES

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Press Release: Hundreds of Thousands of Veterans are Dying from Diabetic Foot Ulcer Within the VHA when a Life-Saving Treatment is Available but Unused

Veteran Eric Koleda of the TreatNOW Coalition has released The Veteran Diabetic Foot Ulcer (DFU) Epidemic: A U.S. Department of Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Services Review. His analysis of recent data received from Deputy Under Secretary of Health for the VA indicates more than 796,340 Veterans have died from Diabetic Foot Ulcer (DFU) and Lower Limb Amputation (LLA) in the past 22-years. This is more than all the Veterans Killed in Action in all the U.S. wars (623,982) since World War I. Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) has been approved by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) since 2002 for all Veterans over the age of 65. HBOT treatments heal on average 74 percent of the DFU cases, eliminating the need for amputations and extending patient lives. Read More
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Service Member Suicide Rates Undercounted by VA

OpDD identified that the number of suicides represented in the eight states (18% of US veterans), are 1.37 times greater than reported by the VA from 2014-2018. If these eight states and age adjustment represented a national rate: o Approximately 24 FSMs die per day by suicide (determined by coroner or medical examiner) compared to the VA’s 2014-2018 average of 17.7 veteran suicides per day. o Approximately 20 FSMs die per day by Self-Injury Mortality (SIM) – previously listed as accidents/undetermined – over 80% are coded as overdose deaths. o If these eight states collectively represented the national rate, the combined death rate would be at least 44 FSMs per day which is 2.4 times higher than the VA suicide rate Read More
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SEEKING VETERANS WITH DIABETIC FOOT ULCERS (DFUs) WHO HAVE BEEN TREATED IN THE PAST OR ARE CURRENTLY RECEIVING OR SEEKING TREATMENT

If you are a Veteran diagnosed with a Diabetic Foot Ulcer (DFU) or had an amputation resulting from diabetes, weRead more Read More