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Peripheral Arterial Testing Before Lower Extremity Amputation Among Medicare Beneficiaries, 2000 to 2010

Circulation Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes (Impact Factor: 5.04). 01/2014; 7(1). DOI: 10.1161/CIRCOUTCOMES.113.000376
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ABSTRACT <0.001). The use of preamputation arterial testing varied significantly by location of amputation and was lowest for foot amputation (62.5%), followed by above-knee amputation (69.0%) and below-knee amputation (76.7%; P<0.001). After multivariable adjustment, older age, male sex, black race, renal disease, diabetes mellitus, known peripheral arterial disease, evaluation by a vascular specialist, and living in the East North Central region were associated with greater rates of preamputation arterial testing.Conclusions-Rates of evaluation for peripheral arterial disease before amputation were low, and testing varied by patient, provider, and regional characteristics.

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