By: Mariet Anne-Sophie, Benzenine Eric, Bouillet Benjamin, Vergès Bruno, Quantin Catherine, Petit Jean-Michel

    What is already known about this subject? – The spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has led to significant disruption of health services. Management of diabetes care was deeply impacted during the lockdown. – We lack reliable data regarding the impact of COVID-19 outbreak on diabetes management. The aims of this study were therefore to examine the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the hospitalization rates for diabetic foot ulcers (DFU), osteomyelitis and lower limb revascularization procedures in people with DFU.

    What this study has found? – We observed a marked drop in hospitalization rates for DFU, osteomyelitis and lower limb revascularization procedures in France during the lockdown period, suggesting that COVID-19 was a barrier to DFU care.

    What are the clinical implications of the study?– Given the potential deleterious medical consequences of under-hospitalization of patients with DFU, it is crucial to maintain an efficient care pathway for people with diabetes during health emergencies such as the COVID-19 crisis

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