Diabetic Foot Ulcers: A Quick Guide to Prevention, Assessment, and Management
Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are multifactorial in origin and challenging to manage. Thorough assessment of a patient with a DFU is essential to developing a comprehensive plan of care. Successful implementation of the care plan requires collaboration between clinicians and patients.
This white paper is a useful resource for all health care providers, but it is especially relevant to wound care professionals whose diabetic patients have lower extremity ulcers. This paper discusses the two main DFU classification systems, the components of taking a comprehensive patient history, a systems-based physical examination, specific laboratory tests, and the current standard of care for the management of DFUs.
This white paper is a helpful compendium of the latest information on DFU diagnosis and management. While following the recommendations in this paper, wound care providers can feel confident that their patients are receiving best practice DFU care, with optimal clinical outcomes.
The following topics are covered in this guide: