Thursday September 1st – Nancy Morgan gave an inspiring and very informative presentation on “Treating Chronic Wounds – Diabetes”. She spoke about the importance of keeping A1C under control. When A1C is over 7 and not tightly controlled, people living with diabetes can be at risk of diabetic foot ulcers due to the combination of neuropathy and peripheral arterial disease (PAD).
Neuropathy or nerve damage can result in loss of protective pain sensation. PAD is a decrease in circulation which impedes wound healing. Together, this combination makes a person living with diabetes unable to heal and unable to feel, and therefore the key is finding injuries as soon as they occur and before they escalate to ulcers.
Nancy presented that the only proven way to detect injuries in advance is through temperature monitoring (see slide).