Multidisciplinary Team Approach Best for Treating Diabetic Foot Wounds

 

Diabetic foot infections are an increasingly common problem, but proper care can save limbs and, ultimately, lives, suggest new guidelines released by the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA).

Because treatment of diabetic foot infections can be complicated, the best approach is to involve a multidisciplinary team that can assess and address various aspects of the problem, suggest the guidelines, which are a revision and update of IDSA’s 2004 diabetic foot infections guidelines.

Poor treatment of infected foot wounds in people with diabetes can lead to lower extremity amputation, and about 50 percent of patients who have foot amputations die within five years – a worse mortality rate than for most cancers. But about half of lower extremity amputations that aren’t caused by trauma can be prevented through proper care of foot infections, note the new IDSA diabetic foot infections guidelines, which were published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.