December 5, 2016 • Press Release
Preventable amputations in high risk patients up significantly since 2005, California study finds
CHICAGO, Illinois, Dec. 5, 2016 — Overall, the rate of preventable amputations has decreased in the U.S., but in California there is one sub-group for which the opposite may be true.
An epidemiology study of 219,547 California patients with lower extremity ulcers found that potentially preventable amputations increased significantly between 2005 and 2013, with the greatest increase occurring in patients with both diabetes and peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Patients with repeated hospitalizations had the highest risk of amputation.