Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Experiences From a Dedicated Diabetic Foot Care Center

Murat Kendirci, MD; Ibrahim Tayfun Sahiner, MD; İsmail Sezikli, MD; Merve Akın, MD; Ahmet Cinar Yasti, MD

Disclosures

Wounds. 2022;34(5):146-150. 

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Conclusions

The fear of contracting COVID-19 has resulted in patients with DFU delaying hospital visits, unaware of the risk of worsening their wounds with resultant detrimental consequences, including amputation. Despite the restrictions and lockdowns implemented to decrease the spread of COVID-19, patients should be encouraged to seek advanced medical advice and treatment for real emergencies. Technological tools, such as video consultations and/or sharing of photographs, should be used in health care centers to identify patients who require close follow-up. In addition, in-home care should be offered and/or supported. Every effort should be made to make wound care products available for patients to use at home. Although restrictions and lockdowns have been implemented to prevent the spread of COVID-19, because patients with DFU are at risk of amputation and associated consequences, they should be encouraged to seek specialized medical advice while following precautions such as wearing a mask, maintaining physical distance, and following hygiene practices.

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