Diabetic Foot Ulcers are a wound topic that often makes nurses cringe! Despite so many products on the market they remain difficult to heal. Where you aware that it has been estimated that every 20 seconds in the world a lower limb is amputated due to complications of diabetes? .Diabetic foot ulcers are ‘complex, chronic wounds, which have a major long-term impact on the morbidity, mortality and quality of patients’ lives. Did you know that ‘Individuals who develop a DFU are at greater risk of premature death, myocardial infarction and fatal stroke than those without a history of diabetic foot ulcers’
Unlike other chronic wounds, the development and progression of a Diabetic Foot Ulcer is often complicated by neuropathy and vascular disease. ‘A diabetic foot ulcer is a pivotal event in the life of a person with diabetes and a marker of serious disease and comorbidities. Without early and optimal intervention, the wound can rapidly deteriorate, leading to amputation of the affected limb.’
Whilst the organisations we work for across Austraila provide good resources, I came across the enclosed resource International Best Practice Guidelines: Wound Management in Diabetic Foot Ulcers which provides some great Nurse Education information that has been put together by an international expert working party. There is also a good wound management quiz linked to this document in the CPD area of the Nurses for Nurses Network!
The resource provides the Nurse good reminders on the aetiology of Diabetic Foot Ulcers and discusses a range of assessment tips along with the issues surround debridement and best practice treatment options. You can access the resource here>>
The Nurses for Nurses Network provides great information and CPD on an array of nursing topics including wound care in a range of easy learning ways including webinars and quizzes on the latest information that Nurses need to know – remember the Nurses for Nurses Network wascreated by Australian Nurses for Nurses ! www.nursesfornurses.com.au