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A Retrospective Cohort Study on Factors That Influence the Number of Days to Heal in Chronic Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Elizabeth Steiger

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School: Revere High School
Internship Track: Applied Medicine
Year 2018
Mentor: Nicholas Duquette
Co-Mentor(s): Susan Payne, BSN, RN
Department(s): Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine
Abstract: Diabetic foot ulcers are a common complication in patients with diabetes. The collective healthcare belief is that when prescribed, offloading aids the healing process of diabetic foot ulcers because it diminishes the amount of pressure placed on the ulcer, which in turn allows the wound to heal. Like most treatments, offloading relies on patient compliance; whether a patient complies or not impacts the healing process. This study aimed to examine the influence that adequate and inadequate offloading and patient compliance had on the number of days it took for a patient with a chronic diabetic foot ulcer to heal.