Message from SALSA Study: Teams Improve Care from "reactive and ablative" to "proactive and preventative"

This just published online ahead of print in Diabetes Metabolism Research and Reviews. Enjoy, -DGA

Diabetes Metab Res Rev. 2012 Mar 19. doi: 10.1002/dmrr.2299. [Epub ahead of print]

The Impact and Outcomes of Establishing an Integrated Interdisciplinary Surgical Team To Care for The Diabetic Foot.


University of Arizona, Surgery, 1501 N Campbell Ave. Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance, Tucson, Arizona, 85724, United States.



To quantify the impact of an integrated diabetic foot surgical service on outcomes and changes in surgical volume and focus.


We abstracted registry data from 48 consecutive months at a single institution, evaluating all patients with diabetic foot complications requiring surgery or vascular intervention and compared outcomes in the 24 months before and after integrating podiatric surgery with vascular surgical limb-salvage service.


The service performed 2923 operations; 790 (27.0%) were related to treatment of diabetic foot complications in 374 patients. Of these, 502 were classified as non-vascular diabetic foot surgery and 288 were vascular interventions. Urgent surgery was significantly reduced after team implementation (77.7% vs. 48.5% p <0.0001, OR = 3.7, 95% CI: 2.4 – 5.5). The high/low amputation ratio decreased from 0.35 to 0.27 due to an increase in low-level (midfoot) amputations (8.2% vs. 26.1%, p <0.0001, OR = 4.0, CI: 2.0 to 83.3) A 45.7% reduction in BKAs was realized with a stable above knee/below knee amputation (AKA/BKA) ratio (0.73 to 0.81). One-third of patients required vascular intervention. Vascular reconstructions increased 44.1% following institution of the team. Initial revascularization was endovascular in 70.6% of patients. Repeat endovascular intervention or conversion to open bypass was required in 37.1% of these patients, almost double the reintervention rate of those receiving open bypass first (18.9%).


Interdisciplinary diabetic foot surgery teams may significantly impact surgery type, with greater focus on proactive/preventive rather than reactive/ablative procedures. While endovascular limb-sparing procedures have become increasingly applicable, open bypass remains critical to success. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.





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  1. The results are really impressing, considering the fact that diabetes is considered to be a disease with no treatment. It is a considerable step forward in developing medicine, it was curios to read this.

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