There are an estimate 14 million individuals in the United States with diagnosed and undiagnosed diabetes. Every year thousands of diabetes patients undergo unnecessary forced medical amputations of their toes and feet due to a medical misdiagnosis of severe infections. Victims of wrongful medical amputations resulting from the negligent actions of hospitals and practicing doctors are entitled to compensation under the law.
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Diabetes Infections Foot Ulcers and Proper Treatment Guidelines:
Foot infections are a common concern amongst individuals diagnosed with diabetes. There certain steps and criteria which need to be followed by clinicians and medical doctors in their assessment of foot infections in diabetes patients before a surgical amputations procedure can commence. Some of the steps that should be taken by medical professionals in their assessment include
1. Search for evidence of infections including redness, warmth, swelling, pain and secretions.
2. Ask for and be made aware of risk factors of Ulcers including the conducting of PTB – probe to bone – test.
3. The wound that shows necrotic tissues should be debrided.
4. The medical doctor should obtain a biopsy specimen of the lesions ulcers as well as a bone biopsy before commencing with an amputation. The main benefit of a bone biopsy is that is can provide reliable data on the organism responsible for the infection. This can be beneficial in determining what type of antibiotics should be used.
5. Antibiotic therapy should not be used for uninfected wounds.
6. For severe infection before surgical amputation a broad spectrum antibiotic therapy should be employed.
For more information see Clinical Practice guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Diabetic Foot Infections
Defining Medical Malpractice – What is a Diagnosis Error:
Medical malpractice takes place when a practicing clinicians (medical doctor) failure to follow the medical guidelines regarding the treatment of a specific ailment results in significant harm to the patient. An example of significant harm is the unnecessary or unrequited removal of a limb or extremity.