March 2013

Florida aims for amputation prevention

The state of Florida is funding the Diabetic Amputation Prevention Project (DAPP) at Barry University’s School of Podiatric Medicine in Miami Shores.

The project will provide preventive care for people with high-risk diabetic feet, and its leaders hope to save limbs and healthcare costs by preventing wound recurrence. DAPP will focus on therapeutic and protective footwear and insoles, increased foot health monitoring, patient education, and incentives to encourage compliance.

The project’s design includes a retrospective study to assess current amputation prevention models implemented in wound-care clinics as well as a prospective study.

Researchers for the short-term project, which concludes June 30, hope to secure future funding for additional programs that will help reduce diabetic foot complications.

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