Management of the Diabetic Foot: Preventing Amputation

Marvin E. Levin, MD

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South Med J. 2002;95(1) 

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This review would not be complete without mention of the frequency with which lawsuits follow amputations. Some of the most common complaints leading to litigation are listed in Table 8 . No health care provider is immune to such litigation. The steps for avoiding litigation when managing diabetic foot problems have been outlined.[69] A poor outcome does not necessarily mean deviation from the standards of care. When the standards of care are not met and an amputation results, however, the likelihood of a successful defense are markedly diminished.

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