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[Care of the diabetic foot].

Authors
  • Petrasovic, M
  • Cársky, S
  • Holomán, M
Type
Published Article
Journal
Bratislavské lekárske listy
Publication Date
Oct 01, 1997
Volume
98
Issue
10
Pages
572–576
Identifiers
PMID: 9490173
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Even a maximum use of surgical procedures is not sufficient in procuring a decrease in the proportion of large amputations of lower limbs in diabetic patients who have been hospitalized with their disease being in a progressed stage caused by neglection. Therefore it is necessary to transfer the emphasis of treatment of the diabetic foot into the period preceding the stage of manifestant infectious and necrotic complications. It would be most appropriate to delegate this "frontman" task to diabetologists. USE IN PRACTICE: Even though the only definitive solution of this dissatisfying situation resides in the establishment of specialized centres focused on the therapy of the diabetic foot, certain progress can be achieved also under current conditions by a consequent use of the existing net of diabetologic out-patients clinics, improvement of the quality of the diagnostic process and enhancement of educational activities. (Tab. 5, Ref. 18.)

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