Archive: Feb 2012

Dr. Frykberg's 3rd Instalment on Diabetic Foot Infections

February 28, 2012

Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPH PRESENT Editor, Diabetic Limb Salvage The Challenges of Diabetic Foot Infections (Part 3): A Brief Primer on Antibiotics In the last couple of issues of Footnotes, we have been discussing the assessment and non-pharmacologic management of diabetic foot infections. Certainly, infection is that complication that so often leads to tissue loss – and in the presence of ischemia, directly contributes to limb loss. Antimicrobial therapy is the third element of care for diabetic foot infections (DFI) – third because…

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Part 2 of Dr. Frykberg's Great Synopsis on the Challenges in Treating Diabetic Foot Infections

February 28, 2012

Robert Frykberg, DPM, MPH PRESENT Editor, Diabetic Limb Salvage The Challenges of Diabetic Foot Infections: (Part 2) In the last issue of FootNotes, we focused on what I consider to be the essential components in the assessment of patients presenting with diabetic foot infections. Although I concentrated on severe or limb threatening foot infections, the principles remain the same for even mild or moderate infections: always be suspicious, always look for ischemia, and always obtain appropriate laboratory tests and imaging procedures as…

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Vascular Referral Rate Very Poor

February 28, 2012

Guideline neglect observed for limb ischemia U.S. study uncovers substandard care for patients facing amputation WRITTEN BY ED SUSMAN ON FEBRUARY 27, 2012 FOR CANADIANHEALTHCARENETWORK.CA Email Print Text size Comment MIAMI BEACH, FLA. | Despite recommendations that patients at risk of amputation be referred to vascular surgeons, barely one-third of doctors at one institution complied with those guidelines. But a review of patients’ charts also found the recommendation was just one of many American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology recommendations for patients with…

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innovation at its Best: Toronto Scientist Develops Low Cost Prosthetic Limb

February 22, 2012

A novel artificial knee joint for lower-limb amputations: a functional and affordable technology for low- and middle-income coun from Grand Challenges Canada on Vimeo. Toronto scientist develops artificial leg that costs just $50 Published On Thu Feb 09 2012 Email Print (17) Rss Article Comments (17) Research scientist Jan Andrysek displays the L.C. (Low Cost) mechanical knee that was created at the Bloorview rehab centre over the last six years. RICK EGLINTON/TORONTO STAR By Megan OgilvieHealth Reporter   If a man loses his leg in…

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Doctors Often Lecture Non-Coompliant Patients Too Much

February 21, 2012

Study: Doctors often lecture noncompliant patients too much Many physicians don’t ask open-ended questions about medication regimens. Experts say simply telling patients what to do is not always effective. By KEVIN B. O’REILLY, amednews staff. Posted Feb. 20, 2012. PRINT| E-MAIL| RESPOND| REPRINTS|  SHARE  For patients with HIV, strictly adhering to their regimen of antiretroviral drugs is not just critical but life-sustaining. So when patients admit to drug noncompliance, doctors are faced with how to help them take their drugs as prescribed. But…

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Innovation at its Best: Calgary Company Produces Pressure Sensing Insoles that Train the Mind.

February 10, 2012

SurroGait Rx The Problem One of the main problems with diabetic peripheral neuropathy is that, when someone is affected with it, he or she is unaware when pressure-induced damage is being done.  The result is tissue damage, leading to ulceration, and often, amputation. The patented SurroGait Rx is a high-tech, pressure-sensing insole that tells the user when damage is being done to the feet and provides substitute sensation for “numb” feet. The SurroGait Rx includes a high-resolution pressure-sensing insole and a…

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