Managing a patient’s diabetic foot ulcer
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Managing a patient’s diabetic foot ulcer

Lee Yarwood-Ross Doctoral student, Manchester Metropolitan University, Associate clinical specialist, Access Training and Health Care, Staffordshire University, Staffordshire
Sue Randall Senior lecturer and pathway lead for long-term conditions, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Department of Nursing and Health Studies, Coventry University, Coventry

Lee Yarwood-Ross and Sue Randall discuss optimum care provided through a specialist multidisciplinary diabetes foot clinic

Preventing foot problems in people with diabetes has been a priority in the UK over the past ten years, but research highlighting a lack of specialist diabetes footcare teams shows that one quarter of diabetics do not get a foot check. This article uses a case study to examine the positive impact of having access to a specialist service for one patient with an acute exacerbation of a diabetic foot ulcer. It addresses the importance of carrying out a holistic assessment, rationalises the care plan that was established to manage the patient’s condition, and provides the strategy employed to promote an environment for self-care.

Primary Health Care. 23, 1, 16-20. doi: 10.7748/phc2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 03 August 2012

Accepted: 25 September 2012