Diabetic Foot Care BY HANNAH BURMEISTER Objectives Examine the prevalence of diabetic foot complications and the impact on the patients across the nation. Understand the pathogenesis of diabetic foot ulcerations (DFU’s). Describe the Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam (CDFE) to identify at risk feet. Examine standards of care in regard to diabetic foot care. Investigate preventative strategies to reduce the risk of diabetic foot ulcerations and amputations. Empower Nurse Practitioners and other providers who treat diabetic patients to collaborate to reduce diabetic foot complications and amputations. Diabetes incidence United States: 34.2 Million People, or 10.5% of the U.S. Population Georgia: More than 1 in 10 people (Or more than 1 million people) Augusta, Georgia: Approximately 18% of the population has Diabetes. Georgia Department of Community Health. (2015). Georgia Diabetes Report and Action Plan. Diabetic Foot Statistics Foot ulcers develop in 9.1-26.1 million people every year worldwide. The lifetime incidence of foot ulcers in diabetic patients is 19-34%. More than 50% of DFU’s become infected and 20% with moderate to severe infection result in amputation. Nearly 85% of diabetes-related amputations are caused by an ulcer. In Georgia, the death rate for diabetes is 8% higher than the national average.