Using Thermometers To Avoid Foot Ulcers

600,000 diabetics get foot ulcers each year and over 10% of those lead to amputation of toes, feet, and lower legs.  A study discussed in USA Today showed that almost 2/3rds of those ulcers could be avoided by using a thermometer to identify whether an ulcer is developing.  So simple…so much savings (pain and financially)

So, assuming there isn’t some analysis or clinical bias that I don’t know about, this seems like a low-hanging opportunity for managed care companies.  What are you doing to reach out to your patients, get them a thermometer, collect their data, and remind them to use it on some regularity?

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