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Preventing Diabetic Foot Ulcers: Role for Pharmacists

KEY POINT

Diabetic foot ulcers, which occur in about one quarter of patients with diabetes at some time in their lives, are the most common cause of hospitalizations in patients with diabetes. Evidence from many sources—including a recently published JAMA review and a 1999 APhA Special Report on the Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcers— stresses that all patients with diabetes should be screened to identify those at risk for foot ulcerations.

SOURCES

APhA special report: management of diabetic foot ulcers. Report no longer available online.

Singh N et al. Preventing foot ulcers in patients with diabetes. JAMA. 2005;293:217–28.

NIH foot-screening instructions.

NIH foot-screening form.