Did You Know

  1. Every 30 seconds, there is an amputation of limb somewhere in world.
  2. 65,700 diabetic patients receive amputations annually in the United States.
  3. Following amputation, the five year mortality is significantly high.
  4. If a diabetic wound remains unhealed at 4 weeks, it has a high chance of remaining unhealed at 12 weeks with an increased incidence of amputation.
  5. American Diabetes Association recommends multidisciplinary approach in managing diabetic ulcers to decrease amputation rates.
  6. Northeast Baptist Wound Healing Center and Mission Trail Baptist Wound Healing Center’s comprehensive approach has proven consistent track record of greater than 90% healing rates.
  7. Press Ganey Surveys of Northeast Baptist Wound Healing Center and Mission Trail Baptist Wound Healing Center shows consistent greater than 90% patient satisfaction scores.
  8. Cochrane review released in 2005 showed a 95% reduction in major amputation when adjuvant hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) was used to treat chronic diabetic foot ulcers.
  9. Updated Cochrane review in 2012 concluded that hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) significantly improved outcomes in the short term.
  10. Patients receiving hemodialysis often have complex wounds, which are hard to heal.
  11. Complex wounds in a dialysis patient is secondary to Diabetes Mellitus, Calciphylaxis, Collagen vascular disease, Arteriosclerosis obliterans, Chronic anemia and weakness.
  12. Skin of a patient with dialysis ages at a higher rate than a patient who is not on dialysis.
  13. Infection of wound or skin can be fatal, if blood access shunt gets infected.
  14. Immediate debridement and team approach to wound care can prevent dialysis patient from getting hospitalized and decreases chance of blood access shunts from getting infected.
  15. Wound biopsy done at wound clinic could help in identifying etiology of non healing wound.
  16. Total Contact Cast is extremely useful in healing neuropathic diabetic foot ulcers.
Contact us! Dr Jayesh Shah, P O Box 780764, San Antonio, TX 78278; Email: timeoxygen@gmail.com

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