Diabetic foot ulcers are serious wounds that are common, debilitating and one of the most feared consequences of diabetes. Amputation prevention devices, known as offloading devices, are specialized products that relieve pressure and, in so doing, help with healing and reduce the risk of amputation.
Treating foot ulcers is associated with major costs to the health-care system; most of the costs are due to lengthy hospital stays. These costs can, in part, be mitigated through the increased use of offloading devices, such as total contact casts, custom braces and orthoses, to treat foot ulcers.
Diabetes Canada and Wounds Canada are working together along with other key patient and health care organizations, researchers and frontline clinicians in an effort to bring this urgent issue to the attention of governments. In addition to improved screening and foot care, government funding for these devices is recommended.
Diabetes Canada commissioned reports to assess the potential impact of public funding for these devices on the cost of care for diabetic foot ulcers. Progress is happening. In 2017, the Government of Ontario announced $8 million in funding over three years for these specialized devices.
For more information, read the reports:
- Ontario report; Infographic
- British Columbia report; Infographic
- Alberta report; Infographic
- Saskatchewan report; Infographic
- Manitoba report; Infographic
- New Brunswick report; Infographic
- Nova Scotia report; Infographic
- Prince Edward Island report; Infographic
- Newfoundland and Labrador report; Infographic
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