Care for Diabetic Foot Ulcers in Long-Term Care Residents
Diabetic foot ulcers are chronic wounds that negatively affect the morbidity, mortality and quality of life of diabetes patients. Diabetic patients who develop foot ulcers are at greater risk of heart attack, fatal stroke, and premature death. Unlike other types of chronic wounds, diabetic foot ulcers are more complicated and present unique treatment challenges especially when coupled with diminished tissue perfusion, neuropathy, and defective synthesis of proteins Lipsky, Holroyd, & Zasloff, 2008()
Diabetes foot ulcers are common around the world. It is estimated that close to 400 million people have diabetes in the world and 25% of these suffer from diabetes foot ulcers at one point in their lives. In the UK, it is estimated that between 5 and 8% of diabetic people have foot ulcers.
Apart from the health problem associated with foot ulcers, they also present economic problems. A...
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