July 28, 2020

Dr. Rodica Pop-Busui Publishes STRIDE protocol in Journal of Diabetes and its Complications

Strategies to reduce severe diabetic foot infections and complications during epidemics (STRIDE)

cover of Journal of Diabetes and its Complications


Patients with diabetes, including those with foot complications, are at much higher risk for severe outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Diabetic foot ulcers (DFU) present additional challenges given their additional risk for severe infections and amputations. Dr. Rodica Pop-Busui, faculty member at the NeuroNetwork for Emerging Therapies and her team sought out to develop a triage algorithm to effectively categorize all DFUs by risk for potential complications, complying with social distancing regulations, preserving personal protective equipment and to assess feasibility of virtual care.

Dr. Rodica Pop-Busui


Highlights of the study include:

  • Triaging of at-risk patients with diabetes results in effective care for the DFU population.
  • Patient volume fell drastically as a result of the pandemic but limb salvage rates remained steady.
  • Low acuity care was managed with virtual medicine encounters to promote social distancing.

Read the full publication

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Rodica Pop-Busui, MD, PhD

Larry D. Soderquist Professor of Diabetes
Professor of Internal Medicine, Metabolism, Endocrinology and Diabetes
Vice Chair of Clinical Research, Department of Internal Medicine
M-Diabetes Director, Clinical Research, Mentoring and Development
Internal Medicine-MEND
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Ann Arbor MI 48105