A Quick Guide to Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Among Medicare beneficiaries who suffer from diabetes, approximately 8% of have a foot ulcer, and 1.8% have an amputation. Equally troubling is that between 10% and 15% of those with diabetes can expect to develop at least one foot ulcer throughout their lifetime.* As a wound care specialist, or a practicing healthcare provider, it is vital to familiarize yourself with the most current, effective wound care treatments specific to diabetic ulcers.

Another all too common problem that clinicians encounter is that of pressure ulcers. According to a study by the CDC, 1 our of 10 nursing home patients had a pressure sore. Only 35% percent of nursing home residents with stage 2 or higher pressure sores received treatment from a wound care specialist.** Inform yourself about how to prevent and treat both partial and full thickness wounds, including pressure sores, and your patients will benefit.

We have gathered practical, informative resources centered around these topics, and want to share them with you. Click on an article title, or the accompanying image, in the resources box below and expand your wound care knowledge.

* “Prevalence of diabetes, diabetic foot ulcer, and lower extremity amputation among Medicare beneficiaries, 2006 to 2008,” National Center for Biotechnology Information.

** “Pressure Ulcers Among Nursing Home Residents: United States, 2004,” National Nursing Home Survey, 2004.

Resources and Clinical Articles

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Reduction of 50% in Diabetic Foot Ulcers With Stem Cells

MUNICH — Local injection of mesenchymal stem cells derived from autologous bone marrow shows promise in healing recalcitrant neuropathic diabetic foot ulcers, a novel study from Egypt shows.
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FDA approves shock wave device for treatment of diabetic foot ulcers

On December 28, 2017, the FDA gave approval for the Dermapace System, a shock wave device intended to be used in the treatment of chronic, full-thickness diabetic foot ulcers. The device uses pulses of energy, similar to sound waves, to mechanically stimulate the wound.
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Gene Therapy for Non-Healing Diabetic Foot Ulcers Starts Phase III Trial

Safety and Efficacy Study of VM202 in the Treatment of Chronic Non-Healing Foot Ulcers. This study will assess the safety and efficacy of using gene therapy via intramuscular injections of the calf for patients with chronic non-healing foot ulcers.
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Control your claims: Pressure ulcer/wound care management

One of many dreaded tags from a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Survey is F-Tag 314 — Pressure ulcers. CMS writes, “Each resident must receive and the facility must provide the necessary care and services to attain or maintain the highest practicable physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being, in accordance with the comprehensive assessment and plan
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