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Infected diabetic foot ulcers lead to increased hospitalizations

An article by Lauren Biscaldi at Endocrinology Adivsor shows a trend about the heightened percentage of diabetic patients with foot ulcers who have to be hospitalized due to infection.

Data for this study was collected from Veterans Affairs health database systems from October 2015 and September 2018. Of the 13,744 patients studied, 47.4% had at least one positive foot wound culture, the most prevalent being S aureus (38.8%). Within the period studied, 19.4% of patients were hospitalized due to invasive infection. These infections included acute osteomyelitis, bloodstream infection, and endocarditis. The positive foot wound culture was associated with greater odds of hospitalization for invasive infection. “Diabetic foot ulcers with positive wound cultures diagnosed in the outpatient setting are associated with subsequent admission for invasive systemic infection,” the researchers concluded.

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Read the full article here: https://www.endocrinologyadvisor.com/home/topics/diabetes/infected-diabetic-foot-ulcers-can-quickly-become-an-invasive-systemic-infection/