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Prompt Response, Multidisciplinary Care Key to Reducing Diabetic Foot Amputation

Bridget M. Kuehn
JAMA. 2012;308(1):19-20. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.6778.
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Involving a multidisciplinary team of clinicians early in the care of patients with diabetic foot infections is crucial to preventing foot amputations, according to a new guideline from the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) (http://tinyurl.com/bo5set7).

Nerve damage and poor blood circulation to the extremities in individuals with diabetes can lead to foot injuries or ulcerations and subsequent infection and also impair healing of the foot, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The growing incidence of diabetes in the developed world, higher body weights, and greater longevity among patients with diabetes are all contributing to an increase in such infections, according to the IDSA. Figures from the CDC show that more than 111 000 individuals with diabetes required hospitalization for foot infections in 2003.

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Clinicians may help prevent diabetes-related foot amputations by ensuring proper care for foot infections, says a new guideline from the Infectious Diseases Society of America.

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