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  • March 2008 | Volume 21 - Issue 3
    Here one can see a diabetic foot ulcer (DFU). Peripheral arterial disease is cited by the panelists as a key risk factor for the development of these ulcers. The panelists emphasize the importance of a multidisciplinary team in preventing DFUs.
    Clinical Editor: Lawrence Karlock, DPM
    17,505 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/08
    When it comes to patients with diabetes and lower extremity ulcers and complications, what does the evidence-based medicine say about high-risk patients and proactive prevention? These panelists examine risk factors for ulcerations, appropriate screening and offer their thoughts on what works and what does not work in terms of prevention.   Q: What does evidence-based medicine show in regard to who is at risk for limb loss and foot ulcerations? A: Thomas Zgonis, DPM, says approximately 15 percent of patients with diabetes will experience a ... continue reading
    Kathleen Satterfield, DPM, FACFAOM, FAPWCA
    5,288 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/08
    The patient with diabetic neuropathy is truly overwhelmed. He or she has gone through the discovery of the disease and perhaps a subsequent refusal to believe it. The patient may not have been following the diet or medication regimen, and now he or she is facing neuropathy and other complications. These patients are now facing decisions about shoes, medications and perhaps even surgical decisions. There may have been career changes, difficulty paying bills and even shifting relationships. ... continue reading
    Here one can see a community-acquired MRSA infection in a college athlete with excoriation. Repeated close physical contacts and skin injuries such as cuts and abrasions put athletes at an increased risk for CA-MRSA infections.
    Guy Pupp, DPM, FACFAS, and Carmen B. April, DPM
    28,230 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/08
    In the past few months, we have heard numerous reports in the news about a “new super bug” that is resistant to conventional antibiotics and is sweeping through high school sports locker rooms and classrooms. The alleged new super bug is methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and, more specifically, community-acquired MRSA (CA-MRSA). However, MRSA is not a new type of bacteria that has suddenly appeared in the community. The organism has actually been around for quite a few decades. In 1941, all S. aureus isolates were suscept ... continue reading
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    4,797 reads | 0 comments | 03/03/08
    A Unique Dressing A new dressing attacks wounds from more than one angle. Biostep™ Ag Collagen Matrix Dressings use a unique dual-action approach to target and deactivate excess matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), according to the manufacturer Smith and Nephew Wound Management. The company says the dressings also use the antimicrobial effects of silver to minimize the chance of infection. Smith and Nephew says Biostep has a six-day wear time and is more absorbent than other dressings. ... continue reading