VA to Implement New Device to Prevent Diabetic Limb Loss

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has started a program that would introduce a device capable of preventing limb loss as a result of diabetes. One of the potential side effects of diabetes is the development of diabetic foot ulcers, which, if left untreated, can result in infections and even necrosis, which necessitates the amputation of the afflicted limb. With this new technology, it is possible to detect the development of foot ulcers early, allowing for more effective treatments that leave a diabetic person’s limbs intact.

The device, known as the Podimetrics Mat, uses thermal imaging to detect the possible development of diabetic foot ulcers by monitoring how blood flows in the foot. Diabetic foot ulcers are caused by poor circulation in the afflicted limb(s), which is a side effect of diabetes, particularly if it is not carefully monitored and managed. The Podimetrics Mat can detect alterations in blood circulation, pinpointing the possible rise of diabetic foot ulcers as much as five weeks before outward symptoms arise.

This new technology, when used regularly, has been shown to detect up to 97% of diabetic foot ulcers. This will allow doctors to detect diabetic foot ulcers earlier, allowing them to intervene medically before it becomes a serious issue, literally saving diabetic veterans’ lives and limbs. Hopefully, this will result in an improvement in diabetic veterans’ health and sense of well-being, knowing they are less likely to suffer one of the more extreme side effects of living with diabetes.

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