A study presented at the 2014 Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy and reported in MedPage Today cautions that reports of the decline in diabetic foot ulcers may not be accurate. According to “Diabetic foot infections fall—not!,” the incidence of diabetic foot infections decreased from every 2.3 of 100 diabetes-related discharges in the United
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Every year, 1.9% of patients with diabetes develop foot ulcers. Of those, 15% to 20% undergo an amputation within 5 years of ulcer onset. During their lifetimes, an estimated 25% of diabetic patients develop a foot ulcer. This article discusses use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) in treating diabetic foot ulcers, presenting several case studies.
BY: NANCY MORGAN, RN, BSN, MBA, WOCN, WCC, CWCMS, DWC Lower extremity ulcers are often referred as the “big three”—arterial ulcers, venous ulcers, and diabetic foot ulcers. Are you able to properly identify them based on their characteristics? Sometimes, it’s a challenge to differentiate them. Arterial ulcers tend occur the tips of toes, over phalangeal heads,