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Call for more awareness of amputation risk in diabetes

Diabetes UK has called for greater awareness of the ‘life-shattering’ impact of the condition after research revealed around 100 people with diabetes have a limb amputation every week in the UK.

More than 10% of diabetic foot ulcers result in an amputation, and around seven out of 10 people who have an amputation will die within five years as a result of possible complications, the charity has warned.

Douglas Smallwood, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: ‘This situation is shocking given that most amputations can be prevented with better awareness and management of the condition.

‘People with diabetes need to have optimum support, guidance and clinical care to help minimise the risks of amputation,’ he added.


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  • hi

    i work as the staff nurse for the dorset prosthetic centre at the royal bournemouth hospital. we have a large group of patients that are diabetic and have had an amputation. i am looking at an education programme for the patients to make them more aware of their illness and how to look after their limbs.

    some of the patients have lost both legs due to diabeties and other factors such as smoking. this leaves them in a very disabliting postion, as wearing two artifical limbs requires a large amount of energy and tolerance.

    if any body would like to get in touch that would be great, any suggestions from practioners in the field of diabetes or other amputee nurses would be really welcome. email address

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  • Would You like to check efficacy of ulrtasonic wound processing for wound infection control? Application of such devices as "MIST-5", "Sonic One" and "Sonoca-180" provides local infection control, preventing osteomyelitis and wet gangrene. Due to my experience infection complications cause most of diabetic foot amputations in comparison with pure ischemic disorders.
    Dr.Roman Liberson

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