Diabetic foot infections: Truth in numbers
from Podiatry Management
Diabetic foot infections are among the most serious and common complications encountered in patients with diabetes mellitus. According to the American Diabetes Association, diabetes affects 26 million people in the U.S. and more than 366 million people worldwide. Up to 25 percent of those with diabetes will develop a foot ulcer, and more than half of all foot ulcers will become infected, with 20 percent of those requiring amputation. Readmission rates for DFI patients are approximately 40 percent and nearly 1 in 6 patients dies within one year of infection. Given these alarming statistics, DFIs remain a constant challenge facing healthcare providers across all medical disciplines.
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