Classification of diabetic foot wounds.

L. A. Lavery, David G Armstrong, L. B. Harkless

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Abstract

Foot ulcers in persons with diabetes are one of the most common precursors to lower extremity amputation. Appropriate care of the diabetic foot ulceration requires a clear, descriptive classification system that may be used to direct appropriate therapy and possibly predict outcome. Ideally, this system would be used by all participants in a multidisciplinary limb salvage team. We describe a clinical classification system for diabetic foot wounds that evaluates wound depth, the presence of infection, and peripheral arterial occlusive disease in every category of the wound assessment. The goal of this system is to improve communication, leading to a less complex, more predictable treatment course, and, ultimately an improved result.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalOstomy/wound management
Volume43
Issue number2
StatePublished - Mar 1997
Externally publishedYes

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Diabetic Foot
Wounds and Injuries
Foot Ulcer
Arterial Occlusive Diseases
Limb Salvage
Peripheral Arterial Disease
Amputation
Lower Extremity
Therapeutics
Infection

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Gastroenterology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Nursing(all)

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Classification of diabetic foot wounds. / Lavery, L. A.; Armstrong, David G; Harkless, L. B.

In: Ostomy/wound management, Vol. 43, No. 2, 03.1997.

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Lavery, LA, Armstrong, DG & Harkless, LB 1997, 'Classification of diabetic foot wounds.', Ostomy/wound management, vol. 43, no. 2.
Lavery, L. A. ; Armstrong, David G ; Harkless, L. B. / Classification of diabetic foot wounds. In: Ostomy/wound management. 1997 ; Vol. 43, No. 2.
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