August 2017

APMA contributes ‘Choosing Wisely’ list

The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) on August 1 published a “Choosing Wisely” list from the Bethesda, MD-based American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA).

This “Five Things Patients and Providers Should Question” list is part of an ABIM series from national organizations representing medical specialists intended to spark discussion between patients and providers about the need—or lack thereof—for many frequently ordered tests or treatments.

The August list from APMA covers pharmacologic deep venous thromboembolism prophylaxis in elective foot and ankle surgery, clinically uninfected lower extremity wounds and systemic antibiotics, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with suspected acute Achilles tendon ruptures, synthetic or donated grafts and diabetic foot wounds, and MRI for diagnosis of osteomyelitis in the foot.

View the APMA list and others at choosingwisely.org.

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- Emily Delzell

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