Black Limbs Matter
African Americans experience 3-5 times the amputation rate compared to other ethnic groups. Black patients are significantly more likely to receive an amputation than a salvage procedure when presenting with significant peripheral vascular diseases. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a driving force in the amputation epidemic. Also, recent studies have shown that Black patients have better outcomes and fewer amputations when treated by Black healthcare providers.
Black Limbs Matter is a national group of vascular surgeons and podiatric surgeons who've come together for a single unified cause; to reduce the amputation rate among African Americans particularly in underserved and under-resourced communities.
Founded by Dr. Bill J. Releford, D.P.M., Black Limbs Matter will conduct a number of national PAD screening campaigns using remote vitals monitoring systems, artificial intelligence as well as the BlackDoctor247 platform. The goal is to reach 100,000 Black Americans by 2025.