Short Communication - Research on Chronic Diseases (2020) Volume 4, Issue 3

Analysis of Characteristics of patients affected by pathology of the diabetic foot of ASP Palermo territorial polyambulator

Maria Concetta Cataldo

ASP Palermo, Italy


“Diabetic foot” plays a major role in diabetology from both the clinical and social perspectives. Conse¬quence of its macro/ micro vascular and neuropathic complications is among the leading causes of hospi¬talization and not traumatic lower limb amputations. Patients with foot ulcers suffer also a reduction of their quality of life.

Aim: To describe diabetic patients’ characteristics suffering from foot ulcers who access territorial care.

Methodology & Theoretical Orientation: we conducted an descriptive retrospective observational study of patients with ulcerate the foot. Personal and so-cio-sanitary data were recorded Also duration of the disease, practiced therapy and foot conditions: skin, monofilament pressure sensitivity, trans¬cutaneous oxygen pressure, vibrator sensitivity to biotesiometer and Ankle Brachial Pressure Index (ABPI) evaluation. As a marker of glycemic remedy we analyzed the value of HbA1C. They were ana¬lyzed as cardiovascular risk factors hypertension and Body Mass Index (BMI). Foot injuries have been classified with the University of Texas Wound Clas¬sification System. The correlations between patient foot injuries and variables have been analyzed, such as comorbidity with the Cumulative Illness Rating Scale (CIRS), BMI.

Findings: Our study shown a greater incidence of foot injuries in diabetic patients with simultaneous ¬serious illnesses compared to the severity of a single pathology. The gender is not relevant characteristic to the HbA1c values. Conclusion & Significance: the comorbidity showed to be a sig-nificant risk factor compared to other characteristic examined. We consider it useful to launch health pro¬motion programs by organizing self-help groups, in¬volving care-givers in the management of the disease.


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