Does your hospital have a DRRAFT? 7 essential skills associated with a limb salvage team.

A few months ago, we discussed the seven key competencies associated with a Diabetic Rapid Response Foot Team (DRRAFT). This manuscript, outlining the steps, is published and freely available online here.

The seven essential skills include the ability to:

(1) perform hemodynamic and anatomic vascular assessment with revascularization, as necessary

(2) perform neurologic workup

(3) perform site-appropriate culture technique

(4) perform wound assessment and staging/grading of infection and ischemia

(5) perform site-specific bedside and intraoperative incision and debridement

(6) initiate and modify culture-specific and patient-appropriate antibiotic therapy

(7) perform appropriate postoperative monitoring to reduce risk of reulceration

David G. Armstrong

Dedicated to amputation prevention, wound healing, diabetic foot, biotechnology and the intersection between medical devices and consumer electronics.

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