Diabetes places people at risk for problems with skin integrity, and complications that can risk the patient's limbs and life. Friction and shear forces are known extrinsic factors in pressure injuries and diabetic foot wounds, but this is not consistently addressed as part of the treatment plan. This can contribute to complications, and a higher cost of care. Better understanding of this gap in treatment may allow increased access to known therapeutic interventions that reduce these factors.
Idea No. 734