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Diabetic Foot Ulcer Infection Prevention: A Review of Literature Name Institutional Affiliation Diabetic Foot Ulcer Infection Prevention: A Review of Literature Diabetic foot ulcers continue to be a pervading health dilemma that predominantly leads to amputation (Lavery, Peters, & Armstrong, 2008; Schaper, Apelqvist, & Bakker, 2012).
Various studies have actually aimed to determine whether increased education for diabetic patients on foot care management would actually contribute to decreased diabetic foot ulcers (Gershater, Pilhammar, Apelqvist, & Alm-Roijer, 2011). In this regard, the aim of the current discourse is to present a review of literature on diabetic foot ulcer infection prevention, specifically aiming to answer this question - does increasing the knowledge about diabetic foot care help decrease the incidence of foot ulcer? - through evaluating the findings of six authoritative secondary sources written on the subject. The study written by Lavery, Peters, & Armstrong (2008) has initially identified risk factors: both systemic and local, which increases preponderance for the development of foot ulcers. Specifically, seven variables were noted to be directly associated with the development of foot ulcers, to wit: “neuropathy, callus, deformity, elevated peak pressure, vascular disease, ill-fitting footwear and penetrating trauma” (Lavery, Peters, & Armstrong, 2008, p. 427). ...