A diagnosis of diabetic foot infection MUST be made using clinical signs and symptoms, not just microbiological results. All open wounds will be colonised with organisms, making the positive culture difficult to interpret.
Foot infections in persons with diabetes are a common, complex, and costly problem.
In addition to causing severe morbidities, they now account for the largest number of diabetes related hospital bed days and are the most common proximate, nontraumatic cause of amputations.
Diabetic foot infections require careful attention and coordinated management, preferably by a multidisciplinary foot-care team.
- Discuss treatment options with Microbiology if organisms isolated are not covered by empiric guidance for severity of infection.
- All doses are for adults with normal renal function or mild renal impairment.