Senior Research Fellow Peter Lazzarini has led an Australian-first study published in BMJ Open that found one in every 22 patients in our hospitals have active diabetic foot disease. This equates to 27,600 hospitalisations with an annual direct cost of $350 million, much higher than previously thought.
Mr Lazzarini, who is also co-chair of Diabetic Foot Australia, said diabetic foot disease didn’t stop with hospitalisation. It also caused 4,400 amputations and nearly 1,700 deaths in Australia annually.
He is advocating for a national multi-disciplinary approach to help end avoidable hospitalisations and amputations from diabetic foot disease.