A Diabetes Patient Suffering From Diabetic Foot Ulcer (DFU) May Need A Quick Medical Review
About ten percent of the patients of diabetes are at the risk of diabetic foot ulcers. But the risk of the diabetic foot ulcer can be minimized with a good control over blood sugar (glucose) levels, attending the regular check-ups with a proper foot care. The worst health outcome in a patient of diabetes with the diabetic foot ulcers (DFU) is an amputation.
An amputation is a surgical removal of the affected limb. The amputation procedure is costly as the procedure needs time, a stay at the hospital, the cost of the medical procedure, the cost of the prosthesis and the other expenses you may have after the amputation. So prevention of an amputation is better for the patients of diabetic foot ulcers.
An analytical study was done by the researchers on the prognosis of the infected diabetic foot ulcers. The participants are from the Concordance in Diabetic Foot Ulcer Infection (CODIFI) study and the data from 49 dead. The study shows the following.
They also found a low quality of lifestyle in the patients who underwent a partial foot amputation or a complete foot amputation. An amputation in a patient a poor blood circulation in the body and indicates a higher risk of more amputations in that patient.
The authors recommend a quick review of a patient of diabetic foot ulcer as the condition could quickly deteriorate. If required, the patient should be referred to a specialist as quickly as possible. The healthcare professional or a specialist should get more time in treating an ulcer.
The senior author of the study was E. Andrea Nelson, Ph.D., RGN, head of the School of Healthcare, Faculty of Medicine and Health, University of Leeds. Co-author of the study was Dr. Michael Backhouse, Ph.D., a podiatrist and also a senior research fellow, the University of Leeds, the United Kingdom. The study was published on November 20, 2017, in Diabetic Medicine. Title of the article was "Prognosis of the infected diabetic foot ulcer: a 12-month prospective observational study."
Prosthesis: An artificial device which replaces the body part such as a limb or a heart.
Podiatrist: A foot and ankle surgeon.
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