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How to Avoid Amputation

Did You Know? Each year many people with diabetes have their limbs removed. In 2010, there were 73,000 amputations performed on people with diabetes.1 About 60 to 70 percent of diabetic patients have nerve problems.2 Nerve problem is common in people with diabetes. The nerve problem can cause pain or there may be no feeling…

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Infection Prevention and Management

Your skin protects the inside of your body from germs that cannot be seen. Germs can cause infection if you have a break in the skin. You can also get an infection in your bone. This is called osteomyelitis. Anyone Can Get an Infection People with diabetes Children having a growth spurt People with open…

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A Guide to Pain Control

Don’t Put Up With Pain A wound can often be painful. Doctors who work in wound care can help prevent or relieve the pain that may come from a problem wound. Wound Pain Management: What Are the Options? There are several things to consider in helping to prevent and control pain. Some methods involve taking…

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Skin Care and Wound Healing

Skin Care Do’s Check your skin daily for dryness, cracks, sores, bruises, reddened areas, and blisters. Have someone help you or check for you if you are unable to do it yourself. Treat the skin gently without stretching, tugging or pulling on it unnecessarily. Cleanse the skin with a mild, pH-balanced product. Use warm to…

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Skin Perfusion Pressure Test

Your physician has suggested you have a test to assess the small blood vessels in your feet and legs. There are two different tests that can do this; Skin Perfusion Pressure Test (SPP) and Transcutaneous Oximetry Test (TcPO2). These tests will assess if these tiny blood vessels are blocked or damaged, or if the wound…

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Wound Debridement

What is Debridement? Debridement is the process of removing dead tissue from wounds. The dead tissue may be black, gray, yellow, tan, or white. Foreign material may also be on the wound. It may need to be removed. Your wound care doctor will let you know if dead tissue needs to be removed from your…

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Smoking and Wound Healing

How Does Smoking Affect Wound Healing? Cigarettes contain nicotine. Nicotine causes your arteries to become narrow. It can also cause your arteries to go into spasm. When this happens, the oxygen and nutrients carried in your blood cannot get to your wound. Oxygen and nutrients are needed for your wound to heal. A wound that…

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Personal Safety

Elder Abuse Millions of older adults are abused each year. There are many kinds of abuse. Tell your health care provider if you experience any of the following, or call one of the numbers above if any of the following happens to you: Physical abuse is when someone hurts or harms you. This is when…

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Transferring Patients Safely

Tips for Caregivers Transferring Patients Caregivers helping transfer patients safely, remember to: Let the person do as much work as he/she can. Use a transfer belt to balance and support the person. Have the person wear shoes with good treads or sturdy slippers. Ask for training. Back strain and back pain are common problems that…

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