Diabetes is the leading cause of non-traumatic lower extremity amputations in the United States. 15% of all diabetic foot wounds will result in amputation.2 Every hour, 10 Americans undergo an amputation as a result of diabetes.4
Ulcers form due to a combination of factors, such as lack of feeling in the foot, poor circulation, foot deformities, irritation (such as friction or pressure) and trauma. Fortunately, as research shows, the development of a foot ulcer is preventable.6
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V.A.C.® Therapy promotes wound healing through the application of negative (vacuum) pressure at the wound site. This helps to draw wound edges together, remove infectious materials and actively promote granulation.
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1. Singh N, Armstrong DG, Lipsky BA. Preventing foot ulcers in patients with diabetes. JAMA. 2005 Jan 12;293(2):217-28. Review.
2. Ramsey SD, Newton K, Blough D, et al. Incidence, outcomes, and cost of foot ulcers in patients with diabetes. Diabetes Care. 1999;22(3):382-387
3. Mayfield JA, Reiber GE, Sanders LJ, et al. Preventive foot care in people with diabetes. Diabetes Care. 1998 Dec;21(12):2161-77. Review.
4. Congressional Diabetes Cactus, Facts and Figures, http://www.house.gov/degette/diabetes/facts.shtml, Accessed June 2014
5. International Diabetes Federation, The Diabetic Foot - Cost, Prevention and Future Policies, https://www.idf.org/sites/default/files/attachments/article_209_en.pdf. Accessed June 2014.
6. American Podiatric Medical Association: http://www.apma.org/Learn/FootHealth.cfm?ItemNumber=981
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