Jefferson Health Supports White Sock Campaign to Raise Awareness for PAD
September 18, 2018
September is Peripheral Artery Disease (PAD) Awareness Month, and we are participating in the Save a Leg, Save a Life (SALSAL) Foundation’s #DocsInSocks Challenge to help educate the community about PAD, and have pledged to closely partner with other clinicians involved in the PAD care pathway to help ensure high-risk patients are properly diagnosed and treated before it is too late.
Through this new collaborative approach, physicians will work together with a shared goal to assess disease progression and improve referral pathways for those with suspected PAD.
PAD is largely under-recognized, and amputation rates associated with this disease remain unnecessarily high. That’s why we are proud to support the White Sock Campaign and join the other clinicians on the frontlines of care to advocate for accurate diagnosis and timely treatment of patients suffering from the side effects of PAD. We also encourage everyone to be proactive in their own leg health by knowing the risk factors, classic warning signs and to ask their doctor to check their feet for signs of PAD.
Members of our wound care team are already getting in on the challenge. You can too! See what it takes below.
#DocsInSocks Social Media Challenge
Throughout September, as part of the campaign physicians will also spread the message of early PAD detection with one simple and visible tool: a white sock. The garment will be worn as a symbol of PAD and to create solidarity with the many patients who suffered from late stage PAD and required an amputation due to delayed treatment.