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Quick Facts - Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Quick Facts - Diabetic Foot Ulcers
 

Diabetic foot ulcers are among the most common complications of diabetes. They are often chronic and recurrent, are costly to treat, and have a major impact on patients’ quality of life. Diabetic foot ulcers may lead to amputation, which carries a high long-term mortality rate.

Wound care professionals need the latest information, as well as practical tools, to prevent and manage foot ulcers in their patients with diabetes. A solid understanding of the often multifactorial etiology of diabetic foot ulcers is essential. In addition, several classification systems have been devised to aid in grading and staging these lesions.

This fact sheet contains useful information on diabetic foot ulcers for staff education and includes:

Epidemiology of diabetic foot ulcers
Amputation and mortality risk
Rates of ulcer recurrence
Comorbidities predisposing diabetic patients to ulcer development
Diabetic foot ulcer classification systems

Download Quick Facts – Diabetic Foot Ulcers to share with colleagues in your facility. The print-friendly format lends itself to posting on the bulletin board or handing out to your nursing staff at in-service.

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