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How to reduce the incidence of lower extermity amputations in diabetes with Hyperbaric oxygen (HBO) therapy?
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How to reduce the incidence of lower extermity amputations in diabetes with Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT)? Introduction Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) is a popular treatment method for decompression sickness (also known as the caisson disease, diver’s disease or the bends).
Over the years, HBOT has been used to treat various illnesses including gas embolism, gas gangrene, skin grafts, bone infections and many others (Zieve & Hadjiliadis 2012). While HBOT has been used to treat many conditions, there is still conflicting evidence as to its effectiveness in treating infections of the skin and tissues. In response to the growing need for evidence that proves the value of HBOT, this study focuses on previous literature which utilized the HBOT in treating diabetic wounds and ulcers. At the end of this paper, we hope to address the question: Is hyperbaric oxygen therapy effective at reducing the incidence of lower extremity amputations among diabetic patients? In a research by Meryl Brod (1997) it was mentioned, “Lower extremity ulcers are among the most common and costly complications of diabetes. They are a leading cause of amputation and account for more hospital days than other diabetic complications” (627). Aside from its economic cost, diabetic ulcers has a negative impact on a person’s quality of life; thereby making treatment for lower extremity ulcers a priority for many health care practitioners. Having said this, it is now important to qualify that this critical appraisal isn’t really about preventing amputations among diabetic patients, but rather, finding an effective treatment to cure foot ulcers. ...
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