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Diabetic Foot Ulcer Management: Interventions for Closure

Presenter: Robert S. Kirsner, MD, PhD

The number of people with diabetes mellitus (DM) has increased dramatically over the years. Persons with DM have a 15% to 25% chance of developing a diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) during their lifetime and a 50% to 70% recurrence rate over the ensuing five years. Early detection and effective management of DFUs can reduce the severity of complications, including preventable amputations.


Diabetic Foot Ulcers: A Quick Guide to Prevention, Assessment, and Management

Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are multifactorial in origin and challenging to manage. 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.


Quick Facts – Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Download Quick Facts – Diabetic Foot Ulcers and share it within your facility. This two-page fact sheet was created to support staff education on classification, prevention and treatment of diabetic foot ulcers. The print-friendly format is perfect for posting on the bulletin board or distributing to your nursing staff at in-service.


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Terms to Know: Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Debridement: Intentional removal of non-viable tissue and debris from the wound through one or more modalities, some of which are selective for non-viable tissue and some which are non-selective (sharp [conservative or excisional/surgical], mechanical, autolytic, enzymatic/chemical, and biological.

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy: Many patients with diabetes have this condition affecting the function of the sensory, motor, and autonomic nervous systems and resulting in loss of protective sensation, biomechanical deformities of the foot, and altered sweat gland function, respectively.

Ischemia: Insufficient vascular supply possibly resulting in tissue damage if no intervention occurs; can be caused by either acute obstruction (critical limb ischemia) or constriction (possibly chronic vascular complications of disease states such as diabetes mellitus).


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Diabetic Foot Ulcer Risk Factors

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Understanding Diabetic Foot Ulcer Classification Systems

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The Chronic Diabetic Foot Ulcer: Interventions for Closure

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Diabetic Foot Ulcer Management

Diabetic foot ulcers can have poor outcomes for patients and often require a multifaceted approach. Understanding the basics of diabetic foot ulcers assessment and how to resolve underlying contributors can help ensure patients have the best possible outcomes. Watch this brief overview video to learn more about diabetic foot ulcer risk factors and the educational resources made available on diabetic foot ulcers during this month’s Practice Accelerator program.

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