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Diabetic foot ulcer care

Hammadur Sk Rahaman, Viveka P Jyotsna, V Sreenivas, Anand Krishnan, Nikhil Tandon
Background: A large number of patients with diabetes mellitus are unaware of foot care and are at risk of developing foot ulcer and amputation. This increases healthcare burden due to preventable complication of diabetes. Aims: We conducted this study to assess the effectiveness of a foot care education module for diabetes developed by us. Materials and Methods: One hundred and twenty-seven patients with diabetes mellitus attending our outpatient were randomized into intervention ( n = 63) and control groups ( n = 64)...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Şahizer Eraydin, Gülçin Avşar
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of foot exercises on wound healing in type 2 diabetic patients with a diabetic foot ulcer. DESIGN: Prospective, randomized controlled study. SUBJECT AND SETTINGS: Sixty-five patients from an outpatient clinic with grade 1 or 2 ulcers (Wagner classification) who met study criteria agreed to participate; 60 patients completed the study and were included in the final analysis. Subjects were followed up between February 2014 and June 2015...
March 2018: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
Paul J Kim, Christopher E Attinger, Thomas Bigham, Robert Hagerty, Samantha Platt, Ersilia Anghel, John S Steinberg, Karen K Evans
Outpatient-based sharp debridement is considered an important element for the care of a chronic ulcer. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to evaluate the change in bacterial amounts with sharp debridement in a clinical setting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Bacterial autofluorescence, quantitative cultures, semiquantitative cultures, and qualitative speciation were performed predebridement and postdebridement during a single clinic visit. RESULTS: Thirty-six wounds were included in the analysis...
February 23, 2018: Wounds: a Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice
Chris Manu, Elisabetta Lacopi, Benjamin Bouillet, Julien Vouillarmet, Raju Ahluwalia, Claas Lüdemann, José Luis Garcia-Klepzig, Marco Meloni, Víctor Rodriguez-Saenz De Buruaga, Juan Pedro Sánchez-Ríos, Mike Edmonds, Jan Apelqvist, Jose Luis Lazaro Martinez, Kristien Van Acker
OBJECTIVE: Diabetic foot ulceration (DFU) has the potential to deteriorate rapidly without prompt assessment and treatment. The aim of this study was to assess the referral patterns for DFU, from primary care to specialised diabetes foot care units. METHOD: A two-part, quantitative, online questionnaire was administered to GPs across four countries in Europe: France, the UK, Germany and Spain. The first part entailed a survey of GPs' perceptions of referrals for DFU...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Wound Care
Julian F Guest, Heenal Singh, Peter Vowden
OBJECTIVE: To estimate whether a collagen-containing dressing could potentially afford the UK's National Health Service (NHS) a cost-effective intervention for the management of diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). METHOD: A decision model depicting the management of a DFU was constructed and populated with a combination of published clinical outcomes, resource use estimates and utilities for DFUs. The model estimated the incremental cost-effectiveness of a collagen-containing dressing plus standard care compared with standard care alone over a period of four months in terms of the incremental cost per quality-adjusted life year (QALY) gained...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Wound Care
Raymond Cavaliere, Danielle M Mercado, Malary Mani
Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) has been commonly reported by foot and ankle specialists. Marjolin's ulcer is a malignancy that involves a posttraumatic scar or ulceration that can develop into SCC from chronic neuropathic pedal wounds, venous stasis, or decubitus ulcerations. Most Marjolin's ulcers are found in the lower extremity, specifically the feet, and it is twice as common in females as males. Biopsy of the tumor is the reference standard to diagnose SCC, and wide excision of SCC is the most common treatment option...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery: Official Publication of the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons
Kristopher S Pfirman, Robel Haile
BACKGROUND Intracardiac abscesses are an unusual occurrence in developed countries. With the increase in use of implantable cardiac devices, the increase use of and advancements in antibiotics, and the longevity of patients with cardiac devices, one may expect an increase in such infections; however, case reports are rare. We are presenting a case in which hematogenous dissemination of methicillin-sensitive Staphylococcus aureus (MSSA) infection from a lower extremity diabetic ulcer propagated into an infected pacemaker lead and ultimately an intracardiac abscess of the right atrium...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
Andrea Nelson, Alexandra Wright-Hughes, Michael Ross Backhouse, Benjamin A Lipsky, Jane Nixon, Moninder S Bhogal, Catherine Reynolds, Sarah Brown
OBJECTIVE: To determine the extent of agreement and patterns of disagreement between wound swab and tissue samples in patients with an infected diabetic foot ulcer (DFU). DESIGN: Multicentre, prospective, cross-sectional study. SETTING: Primary and secondary care foot ulcer/diabetic outpatient clinics and hospital wards across England. PARTICIPANTS: Inclusion criteria: consenting patients aged ≥18 years; diabetes mellitus; suspected infected DFU...
January 31, 2018: BMJ Open
Estelle Everett, Nestoras Mathioudakis
Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are a serious complication of diabetes that results in significant morbidity and mortality. Mortality rates associated with the development of a DFU are estimated to be 5% in the first 12 months, and 5-year morality rates have been estimated at 42%. The standard practices in DFU management include surgical debridement, dressings to facilitate a moist wound environment and exudate control, wound off-loading, vascular assessment, and infection and glycemic control. These practices are best coordinated by a multidisciplinary diabetic foot wound clinic...
January 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Rachel Johnson, Abe Osbourne, Jessica Rispoli, Craig Verdin
The diabetic foot assessment is a key component in the care of a patient with diabetes. The assessment includes risk factor identification in both the diabetic patient's history and physical examination, foot care education, treatment, and referrals as needed. The foot complications related to diabetes such as peripheral neuropathy, foot ulceration, and amputation can be life altering. The American Diabetes Association recommends a diabetic foot examination annually for patients with diabetes with foot care education...
January 2018: Orthopaedic Nursing
Gisele Chicone, Viviane Fernandes de Carvalho, André Oliveira Paggiaro
OBJECTIVE: Diabetic wounds that do not heal completely usually exhibit inflammatory markers, increased protease activity, and reduced levels of growth factors and cell count. A systematic review was performed to determine whether there is enough evidence to support the use of an oxidized regenerated cellulose/collagen matrix (ORC+C) to treat diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). METHODS: Study authors analyzed randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on ORC+C dressings for the treatment of DFUs...
February 2018: Advances in Skin & Wound Care
Alok Raghav, Zeeshan Ahmad Khan, Rajendra Kumar Labala, Jamal Ahmad, Saba Noor, Brijesh Kumar Mishra
Diabetic foot complications are the most common occurring problems throughout the globe, resulting in devastating economic crises for the patients, families and society. Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) have a neuropathic origin with a progressive prevalence rate in developing countries compared with developed countries among diabetes mellitus patients. Diabetic patients that are of greatest risk of ulcers may easily be diagnosed with foot examination. Economic burden may be carefully examined. The budget costing must include both the clinical and social impact of the patients...
January 2018: Therapeutic Advances in Endocrinology and Metabolism
Younes Najafian, Zahra Mazloum, Mona Najaf Najafi, Shokouhsadat Hamedi, Marjan Mahjour, Zohre Feyzabadi
BACKGROUND: Diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) is one of the most common complications of diabetic patients. Mostly, non-healing DFU leads to infection, gangrene, amputation and even death. High costs and poor healing of the wounds need a new treatment such as alternative medicine. So, the aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of Aloe vera/ Plantago major gel (Plantavera gel) in healing of DFU. METHODS: Forty patients with DFU enrolled in a double-blind randomized clinical trial...
January 14, 2018: Current Drug Discovery Technologies
Cristiana M Toscano, Tatiana H Sugita, Michelle Q M Rosa, Hermelinda C Pedrosa, Roger Dos S Rosa, Luciana R Bahia
The aim of this study was to estimate the annual costs for the treatment of diabetic foot disease (DFD) in Brazil. We conducted a cost-of-illness study of DFD in 2014, while considering the Brazilian Public Healthcare System (SUS) perspective. Direct medical costs of outpatient management and inpatient care were considered. For outpatient costs, a panel of experts was convened from which utilization of healthcare services for the management of DFD was obtained. When considering the range of syndromes included in the DFD spectrum, we developed four well-defined hypothetical DFD cases: (1) peripheral neuropathy without ulcer, (2) non-infected foot ulcer, (3) infected foot ulcer, and (4) clinical management of amputated patients...
January 8, 2018: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Frances R Henshaw, Lauren Brennan, Freya MacMillan
Foot ulceration is a devastating and costly consequence of diabetes. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy is recognised as an adjunctive therapy to treat diabetes-related foot ulceration, yet uptake is low. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 16 podiatrists who manage patients with foot ulcers related to diabetes to explore their perceptions of, and the barriers/facilitators to, referral for hyperbaric oxygen. Podiatrists cited logistical issues such as location of facilities as well as poor communication pathways, lack of delegation and lack of follow up when patients presented for hyperbaric treatment...
January 3, 2018: International Wound Journal
Samuel R Nussbaum, Marissa J Carter, Caroline E Fife, Joan DaVanzo, Randall Haught, Marcia Nusgart, Donna Cartwright
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to determine the cost of chronic wound care for Medicare beneficiaries in aggregate, by wound type and by setting. METHODS: This retrospective analysis of the Medicare 5% Limited Data Set for calendar year 2014 included beneficiaries who experienced episodes of care for one or more of the following: arterial ulcers, chronic ulcers, diabetic foot ulcers, diabetic infections, pressure ulcers, skin disorders, skin infections, surgical wounds, surgical infections, traumatic wounds, venous ulcers, or venous infections...
January 2018: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
Byung Eui Kim, Elena Goleva, Clifton F Hall, Sang Hyun Park, Un Ha Lee, Anne M Brauweiler, Joanne E Streib, Brittany N Richers, Gwuicheol Kim, Donald Y M Leung
In chronic non-healing wounds, the healing process is disrupted and wounds are often infected with bacteria. About 85% of lower extremity amputations in diabetes are attributed to deep infection of foot ulcers. Therefore, infection control is critical for wound care. In this study, we analyzed lipid composition of Chamaecyparis (C) obtusa extract, and describe the wound healing properties of its combination of ten major lipid components. A 10 lipid mixture upregulated HBD-3 and LL-37 through the olfactory receptor 2AT4, and induced phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinases and p38 mitogen-activated protein kinases in primary human keratinocytes...
December 22, 2017: Journal of Investigative Dermatology
Michael Edmonds, José Luis Lázaro-Martínez, Jesus Manuel Alfayate-García, Jacques Martini, Jean-Michel Petit, Gerry Rayman, Ralf Lobmann, Luigi Uccioli, Anne Sauvadet, Serge Bohbot, Jean-Charles Kerihuel, Alberto Piaggesi
BACKGROUND: Diabetic foot ulcers are serious and challenging wounds associated with high risk of infection and lower-limb amputation. Ulcers are deemed neuroischaemic if peripheral neuropathy and peripheral artery disease are both present. No satisfactory treatment for neuroischaemic ulcers currently exists, and no evidence supports one particular dressing. We aimed to assess the effect of a sucrose octasulfate dressing versus a control dressing on wound closure in patients with neuroischaemic diabetic foot ulcers...
December 20, 2017: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
Şahizer Eraydin, Gülçin Avşar
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of foot exercises on wound healing in type 2 diabetic patients with a diabetic foot ulcer. DESIGN: Prospective, randomized controlled study. SUBJECT AND SETTINGS: Sixty-five patients from an outpatient clinic with grade 1 or 2 ulcers (Wagner classification) who met study criteria agreed to participate; 60 patients completed the study and were included in the final analysis. Subjects were followed up between February 2014 and June 2015...
December 19, 2017: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
Caitlin W Hicks, Joseph K Canner, Hikmet Karagozlu, Nestoras Mathioudakis, Ronald L Sherman, James H Black, Christopher J Abularrage
OBJECTIVE: We have previously demonstrated that the Society for Vascular Surgery Wound, Ischemia, and foot Infection (WIfI) classification correlates with wound healing time in patients with diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) treated in a multidisciplinary setting. Our aim was to assess whether the charges and costs associated with DFU care increase with higher WIfI stages. METHODS: All patients presenting to our multidisciplinary diabetic limb preservation service from June 2012 to June 2016 were enrolled in a prospective database...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
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