Table 3—

Types, causes, and care related to current amputation

Level of current amputation
    Toe only118 (57.6)
    Above toe, below ankle5 (2.4)
    Below knee, above ankle47 (22.9)
    Above knee35 (17.1)
Reported antecedents of amputation*
    PVD114 (55.6)
    Acute infection91 (44.4)
    Chronic ulcer68 (33.2)
    Nonpenetrating injury24 (11.7)
Source of medical help after event
    Private primary care physician82 (40.0)
    Polyclinic75 (36.6)
    Outpatient department16 (7.8)
    AED12 (5.9)
    Specialist11 (5.4)
Treatment
    Treated and reviewed90 (43.9)
    Referred to AED48 (23.4)
    Admitted to hospital32 (15.6)
    Referred to outpatient department20 (9.8)
    Treated and discharged6 (2.9)
Initial treatment received
    Antibiotics53 (25.9)
    Wound care34 (16.6)
Source of usual care
    Polyclinic102 (56.0)
    Private doctor67 (36.8)
    Hospital13 (7.1)
    Hospitalized in previous year55 (26.8)
Reason for hospitalization (n = 55)
    Foot problem40 (72.2)
    Coronary heart disease6 (10.9)
    Hypoglycemia3 (5.5)
    Hyperglycemia2 (3.6)
  • Data are n (%).

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    * More than one cause possible. AED, accident and emergency department.