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From Complex to Closure: Diabetic Foot Ulcer Assessment and Management

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Twenty-five percent of persons with diabetes mellitus in the United States will develop diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), which increase the risk of amputation and mortality. It is therefore imperative that health care professionals who care for diabetic patients understand the many biochemical factors that accelerate the development of neuropathy and vascular foot changes in this disease.

This illustrated and well-referenced guide provides an in-depth review of DFUs—epidemiology, pathophysiology, risk factors, assessment and classification protocols, clinical manifestations and best practice management techniques, as well as patient education to aid in prevention of these serious chronic wounds.

The guide covers the following topics:

Epidemiology and pathophysiology of diabetic foot ulcers
Illustrations of clinical manifestations
Diabetic foot ulcer assessment and management strategies
Patient education for diabetic foot ulcer prevention

Wound care professionals and health care providers who care for patients with diabetes mellitus will find this guide to be an invaluable resource for understanding, assessing and managing DFUs in order to optimize clinical outcomes in their patients.

Twenty-five percent of persons with diabetes mellitus in the United States will develop diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs), which increase the risk of amputation and mortality. It is therefore imperative that health care professionals who care for diabetic patients understand the many biochemical factors that accelerate the development of neuropathy and vascular foot changes in this disease.

This illustrated and well-referenced guide provides an in-depth review of DFUs—epidemiology, pathophysiology, risk factors, assessment and classification protocols, clinical manifestations and best practice management techniques, as well as patient education to aid in prevention of these serious chronic wounds.

The guide covers the following topics:

Epidemiology and pathophysiology of diabetic foot ulcers
Illustrations of clinical manifestations
Diabetic foot ulcer assessment and management strategies
Patient education for diabetic foot ulcer prevention

Wound care professionals and health care providers who care for patients with diabetes mellitus will find this guide to be an invaluable resource for understanding, assessing and managing DFUs in order to optimize clinical outcomes in their patients.

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