LEAP Alliance Las Vegas Copyright 2009
2/8/2012 - The Las Vegas Summerlin Lions Club and the Las Vegas Las Americas Lions Club have joined with the nonprofit Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention (LEAP Alliance in an initiative to expand a free preventive diabetic foot screening program for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN) throughout Southern Nevada, according to Lion Dr. Larry Rubin, LEAP Alliance director and a member of the Summerlin Lions Club.
Lions Al Van Gordon, project coordinator for the LEAP Alliance and member of the Summerlin Lions Club, and Carmen James, project coordinator for the Las Americas club are shown in the photograph.
For over three years, the LEAP Alliance has provided professional training and supervision of volunteer members of the Summerlin Lions club who perform a simple test to detect Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN). This disease is the most common cause of diabetic foot and leg amputations, and, because it causes loss of protective sensation, diabetics are often not aware that they have it. By screening for DPN, Lions enable its early detection and can recommend medical care before complications and the need for amputation occur.
Lions have performed DPN foot screening under medical supervision at health fairs and wellness events, and many persons found to have undiagnosed DPN have been advised to have medical follow-up. The program has gained the support of Lions Clubs International, the Southern Nevada Health District, and the American Academy of Podiatric Practice Management, an affiliate of the American Podiatric Medical Association.
Lion Al Van Gordon is now assisting the LEAP Alliance to build upon the success of the program by recruiting volunteers from other Southern Nevada clubs to become, “Lion Foot Soldiers in the War Against Diabetes.” When this alliance is created and fully operational, the Southern Nevada Health District has agreed to partner in the initiative by promoting the program to all diabetics and health professionals in the area.
LEAP ALLIANCE EXPANDS LIONS DIABETIC AMPUTATION PREVENTION INITIATIVE
Foot screenings are brief foot exams for adult persons with Type 2 Diabetes to identify circulatory problems, diabetic neuropathy, and other conditions that can lead to severe lower extremity complications and amputations.
Foot Screening Program
provided in cooperation with the Nevada Lions Clubs
Lions Hunt for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathy (DPN) Free Foot Screening Program
Las Vegas & Henderson Nevada