The university President 's assistant for scientific affairs has published a research in an American journal entitled "Evaluation and management of diabetic foot infections"
Prof.Dr. Safa Al-obaidi ,the university president's assistant for scientific affairs , has published a research in the International New Research Journal that at Chicago city in Illinios American state .
Foot problems are a major source of morbidity and considered as a leading cause of hospitalization for persons with diabetic mellitus.
Ulceration ,infection, gangrene, and amputation are significant complications of this systematic disease, and considered as the major cause of mortality in diabetic foot patients.
To evaluate the management of different presentations of diabetic foot infections in Baghdad teaching hospital.
Patients and methods:
One hundred forty four patients of DFI(diabetic foot infection) that had been admitted to surgical wards of BTH(Baghdad teaching hospital) in one year of study from 23rd of January 2012 to 22nd of January 2013 evaluated regarding age, sex, duration of diabetes, duration of infections ,state of presentation ,bacteriology and type of management .
Males were more affected than females(1.8:1).the most common age group of patient with foot infection was between 41-60 years .The mean duration of diabetes of study population was 13.5 years. The commonest Grade IV which included 78(54.1%)patients.
The most common infecting organism isolated on cultures was staphylococcus aurous which was present in 22(14.6%). 110(76.3)were managed conservatively and minor amputation while major amputations was carried out in the rest of the 34(23.6%) patients.
Majority of the diabetic foot lesions were in grade 4 .Lesser grade lesions responded well to concretive treatment with antibiotics and surgical debridement while those with higher grade needed amputations. Effective glycemic control, timely hospital admissions, appropriate surgical/medical treatment along with patient education in foot care, can decrease morbidity and morbidity due to diabetic foot disease.