Wound swabs and antibiotics in patients with a diabetic foot

Andrew Boulton

Is it recommended to take wound swabs in patients with the diabetic foot and use antibiotics based on susceptibility testing?

Andrew Boulton: The superficial swab — because we all carry many commensals on our skin and you are going to grow half a dozen organisms and heaven knows if any of them is relevant. I think, as I said [see: First-line antibiotics for diabetic foot ulcers], forget the wound swab, go deep into the wound itself after debridement. Look at the infected tissue, take a snip, straight to the laboratory. Do not hang around.

We would love to hear from you

  • Do you have any comments?
  • Have you found a mistake?
  • Would you like to suggest a feature?

We use cookies to ensure you get the best browsing experience on our website. Refer to our Cookies Information and Privacy Policy for more details.