Consensus and supplementsSupplement: Comparing wound classification systems: Impact on diabetic heel ulceration

Supplement: Comparing wound classification systems: Impact on diabetic heel ulceration

01/03/13 | Diabetic foot ulcers, Supplements | Alison Rodgers, Eleanor Scott, Lynn Welsh

Supplement: Comparing wound  classification systems: Impact on diabetic heel ulcerationBackground: Ulcer classification systems can provide a framework for healthcare staff to predict potential risk and prompt the right care at the right time. Aim: To explore if consensus is achieved when two wound classification systems are applied to grade a foot lesion by two different specialist clinician groups, nurses and podiatrists. Method: A typical ulcer was compared using the European Pressure Advisory Panel and University of Texas tools. Conclusion: Both systems achieved consensus on ulcer depth, but the Texas system also indicates perfusion or infection. This supports a more informed rationale for treatment.