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Charcot's foot: a clinical update for emergency nurses.

Authors
  • González, Juan Manuel1
  • Ortega, Johis2
  • Nadeau, Catherine3
  • de Tantillo, Lila4
  • McGhee, Stephen5
  • 1 director of family nurse practitioner program, School of Nursing and Health Studies, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, US.
  • 2 associate dean of global health, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, US.
  • 3 University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, US.
  • 4 Jacksonville University, Jacksonville, Florida, US.
  • 5 associate dean for nursing undergraduate programs, University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida, US.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Emergency nurse : the journal of the RCN Accident and Emergency Nursing Association
Publication Date
Apr 07, 2020
Identifiers
DOI: 10.7748/en.2020.e2016
PMID: 32253887
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Charcot neuropathy osteoarthropathy, known as Charcot's foot, is a condition of the foot most frequently related to diabetes mellitus. It is associated with a high mortality rate, especially among patients with diabetes, therefore prompt identification and management of the condition by nurses in emergency departments is important. This article describes the pathophysiology, signs and symptoms and diagnosis of Charcot's foot, and offers guidance for initial care in emergency settings. Emergency nurses in the UK have an important role in recognising patients with this condition to ensure they receive optimal treatment and follow-up. © 2020 RCN Publishing Company Ltd. All rights reserved. Not to be copied, transmitted or recorded in any way, in whole or part, without prior permission of the publishers.

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