Current Concepts In Diagnosing Chronic Diabetic Foot Ulcerations

Molly Judge, DPM, FACFAS | 13,728 reads | 0 comments | 02/24/2014

Offering pearls from the literature as well as her clinical experience, this author discusses the impact of infection, reviews common diabetic dermatopathology and notes other pertinent diagnostic keys.

Beginning with the initial patient presentation, there are a number of keys to manage chronic diabetic foot ulcerations. The first of these is the ability to make a definitive diagnosis.

Key Insights On Post-Op Infection Coding

Jeffrey D. Lehrman DPM FASPS | 1,304 reads | 0 comments | 06/23/2016

I had the privilege of being the speaker at the North Carolina Foot & Ankle Society Summer Meeting this month. A hot topic of discussion was how to handle the coding of a post-op infection. Many of the procedures we perform have a 90-day global period. Any care we provide within that global period is included in the payment for the procedure although there are some exceptions.

Current Insights On Diabetic Dermopathy

Alison J. Garten DPM | 711 reads | 0 comments | 07/27/2017

I often see patients with diabetes in my office and wound center. These patients commonly present with diabetic dermopathy.

A Closer Look At Beaming The Columns In The Charcot Diabetic Foot

William P. Grant, DPM, FACFAS, Bryan Barbato, BS, and Lisa M. Grant-McDonald, BS | 23,350 reads | 0 comments | 02/24/2014

In the unstable Charcot foot, the concept of beaming may help patients with diabetes attain stability and greater weightbearing. These authors discuss the pathway of Charcot neuroarthropathy and offer essential surgical pearls.

A Unique Continuing Education Mission Opportunity To Improve Diabetic Foot Care In Haiti

Patrick DeHeer DPM FACFAS | 3,477 reads | 0 comments | 04/15/2014

I love it when solutions to problems evolve naturally and you get the “light bulb” appearing above your head. I have been working on a solution for the Haiti Diabetic Foot Program located in the Hospital Bernard Mevs Project Medishare Program in Port-au-Prince, Haiti for some time. This is a comprehensive diabetic foot program run by Haitians for Haitians and supported by doctors from the United States.

What The New WHO Recommendations Emphasize On Preoperative Measures For Preventing Surgical Site Infection

Kristine Hoffman DPM | 1,205 reads | 0 comments | 12/05/2016

Surgical site infections (SSI) are the second most common cause of healthcare-associated infections in the United States.1,2 The most recent study on the incidence of healthcare-associated infections in the United States examined data from the National Nosocomial Infections Surveillance (NNIS) system from 1990 to 2002 and estimated 1.7 million infections with 20 percent of these being SSIs.2

Analyzing The New WHO Recommendations For Intraoperative And Postoperative Measures To Prevent Surgical Site Infection

Kristine Hoffman DPM | 1,193 reads | 0 comments | 01/20/2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently prioritized the development of an international set of guidelines for the prevention of surgical site infection (SSI). Surgical site infections remain one of the most common healthcare associated infections and are a substantial burden to the healthcare system in addition to being a significant source of patient morbidity and mortality.

CDC: Infection Prevalence Down In Hospitals

hmpadmin | 3,161 reads | 0 comments | 02/20/2015

By Brian McCurdy, Managing Editor

A Closer Look At The Role Of Collagen In Healing Complex Diabetic Foot Ulcerations

By Ann Zmuda, DPM | 14,348 reads | 0 comments | 10/22/2013

Currently, in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports there are approximately 25.8 million people with diabetes mellitus, which is 8.3 percent of the population.1 This number is estimated to grow to 44 million by the year 2034.

Exploring New Technologies For Healing Wounds And Diabetic Foot Ulcers

David G. Armstrong DPM MD PhD | 5,576 reads | 0 comments | 09/20/2013

At the University of Arizona Medical Center, we are recruiting patients for two studies, among many others, that may have the potential to lead to improved healing of wounds and diabetic foot ulcers.

The first study involves a spray-on skin solution. The technology works in a similar way to bioengineered tissues. The big difference is that because it has a spray-on quality, the skin solution can go over a larger surface area and perhaps the contact with wounds and delivery may be better than previous iterations.