Program Aims to Spare Feet

Published Online: Tuesday, November 1, 2005

HIP is taking aggressive steps to help patients with diabetes prevent foot and ankle ulcers. The health care provider is screening 6500 of its patients who are at high risk for developing foot ulcers. For example, some patients may receive new orthotic shoes or a new device that makes it easy to check the skin temperature at the bottom of their feet every day. The device comes with instructions to telephone immediately if either foot is warmer than 90˚F, or if one foot is 4˚F warmer than the other. Either reading is an early indicator that an ulcer is developing.

HIP's goal is to dispel assumptions about the pressure wounds to ankles and feet that are among the most incapacitating symptoms of the disease. These injuries, which may force patients into early retirement and hamper their mobility, frequently become infected. Physicians have seen amputation as expected for many patients with foot ulcers. Yet, research has suggested that 50% to 85% of diabetic foot amputations are preventable. "We see amputation as a failure, not the expected outcome," said Barry H. Kohn, MD, medical director for care management at HIP.

Latest Articles
As today is World AIDS Day, pharmacists across the globe may be renewing their interest in quashing HIV infection and providing support for infected patients.
Pharmacists are in a great position to impart valuable heart-related wisdom to their patients.
Shifts in sleep schedules may increase an individual’s risk for diabetes.
Qualgen has taken corrective actions concerning its compounding facility conditions and sterility processes.
Latest Issues