high-risk patients

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high-risk patients

; 'at-risk' patients patients whose overall medical condition or local tissue status renders the foot and lower limb at risk of tissue breakdown and/or chronic wounds (ulcers); predisposing systemic conditions include neuropathy, peripheral arterial disease, diabetes mellitus, proneness to infection, autoimmune disease and immunocompromise; treatment of high-risk patients must ensure effective management of established and chronic wounds, infection and necrosis; high-risk patients should be given priority for treatment, and kept under regular review in order to identify and treat potential or emergent problems at the earliest opportunity (Tables H12-H15)