Diabetes 10 Point Training is a resource designed for clinicians giving care to people with diabetes. It was developed by Ruth Miller, Lead Diabetes Nurse and Diabetes UK Local Clinical Champion.
Diabetes 10 Point Training for hospital-based healthcare professionals
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Content from: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/Get_involved/World-Diabetes-Day/ 4/12/2016
World Diabetes Day falls every year on 14 November and is a day when millions of people around the world come together to raise awareness of diabetes, and what it’s really like to live with the condition. It’s a global campaign led by the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) with activity taking place around the world. This year we want everyone to know diabetes. So we’re talking about the complications diabetes can lead to and how to avoid them.
Understanding how serious diabetes is means knowing that in the UK it leads to 65 early deaths every single day. That diabetes causes blindness and kidney disease. That every week there are 1400 cases of heart failure, 540 strokes and 140 lower limb amputations caused by diabetes.
There are more than 135 leg, foot or toe amputations each week. This is shocking, especially as four out of five of these amputations are preventable. This is where the Putting Feet First campaign comes in. We want to bring an end to the thousands of potentially preventable amputations affecting people with diabetes.
Diabetes UK is campaigning across the UK to make sure:
- People with diabetes know how to look after their feet and know what to expect from their health service
- Local health services provide an integrated footcare pathway – the right treatment at the right time in the right place
- Healthcare professsionals are more aware of the risk of diabetic foot disease and provide annual checks.
Look after your feet
Know how to look after your feet and know what care to expect from the health service:
- Attend your annual foot check. It’s as important as your retinal screening appointment.
- Make sure you take a copy of our new leaflet What to expect at your annual foot check leaflet (PDF, 51KB) so that you know you are getting a thorough, quality check.
- Know your risk of developing foot problems and make sure that you are referred if necessary.
- Make foot-care a part of your daily routine, just like managing your blood glucose and diet.
- Be aware of any loss of sensation in your feet.
- Ask someone to assess the feeling in your toes by doing the Touch the Toes test.
- Avoid using corn-removing plasters or blades.
- Keep useful numbers handy, and know who to contact at the first sign of problems with your feet.
Content from: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/putting-feet-first 4/12/2016
People with diabetes are at much greater risk of developing problems with their feet, due to the damage raised blood sugars can cause to sensation and circulation. If left untreated, these problems can cause foot ulcers and infections and, at worst, may lead to amputations. However, most foot problems are preventable with good, regular foot care. So it is essential that you keep an eye on your feet at home and make sure that you get a quality foot check from a properly trained person at least once a year.
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