Risk Factor: Loss of Protective Sensation

Diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) has been identified as a key element in the causal pathway to foot ulceration, impaired quality of life and increased mortality. Early detection is essential to optimize effective risk management, including adequate foot care and patient education.

VibraTip easily replaces the 128Hz tuning fork or biothesiometer as an accepted approach to the testing for diabetic peripheral neuropathy (DPN) as part of a standardized Comprehensive Diabetic Foot Exam (CDFE).

Short Report: Care Delivery: A pocket-sized disposable device for testing the integrity of sensation in the outpatient setting F. L. Bowling1, C. A. Abbott2, W. E. Harris3, S. Atanasov1, R. A. Malik2 and A. J. M. Boulton1 1Manchester Diabetes Centre, University of Manchester and Central Manchester Foundation Trust, 2Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Core TechnologyFacility, University of Manchester and Central Manchester Foundation Trust and 3Division of Biology and Ecology, Manchester Metropolitan University,Manchester, UK

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