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Organization of the Diabetic Foot Care Team

  • John M. Giurini
Chapter
Part of the Contemporary Diabetes book series (CDI)

Abstract

Diabetes is a multifaceted disease characterized by several complications. Patients with lower extremity complications, i.e., peripheral vascular disease and ulcerations, may also suffer with chronic renal disease, cardiac disease, or gastrointestinal disturbances. For this reason, a multidisciplinary team to manage these comorbid complications is essential even when patients are admitted for seemingly unrelated conditions. Failure to recognize and manage these conditions may lead to prolonged hospitalizations and affect outcomes adversely. Clinical practice and reports strongly support the importance and efficacy of the team approach, whether it is for managing foot complications or other complications of diabetes.

Keywords

Historical perspective  Joslin-Deaconess foot center model Algorithm for management of diabetic foot ulcer Team approach 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of PodiatryBeth Israel Deaconess Medical CenterBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of SurgeryHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.Joslin-BI Deaconess Diabetic Foot CenterJoslin Diabetes CenterBostonUSA

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