NewsDiabetic foot campaign is launched to raise awareness

Diabetic foot campaign is launched to raise awareness

Assessment and diagnosis, Diabetic foot ulcers, Education

Diabetic foot campaign is launched to raise awareness Diabetes UK has just launched their new awareness campaign called ‘Putting Feet First,’ which distributes information to patients with diabetes and clinicians with the aim of decreasing the rate of diabetic foot amputations.

The campaign educates patients with diabetes about involving themselves in their own care, teaching them how to look after their feet. It also includes a guide for having a friend help them check their feet for complications.

It also encourages local health services to utilise the integrated foot care pathway (Download by clicking here), which urges them to provide the appropriate treatment at the right time for all patients with diabetes. The campaign promotes diabetes education for clinicians as well, so they can perform foot checks, speak with patients about diabetes care and refer patients to specialists in a timely manner.

'Putting Feet First' is also insisting that the National Commissioning Board include diabetic foot care in the national framework for care, requiring clinicians to speak about the risks of diabetic foot ulcers with patients.

It is estimates that patients with diabetes have more than a 30% risk of amputation, compared to the general population. In England alone, over 6,000 amputations were performed in 2009-2010 and the rate is expected to rise to over 7,000 by 2014-2015, if no preventative measures are taken.

Click here for more information on the campaign.

 

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