Should nurses cut patients’ toe nails? What do you think?
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Currently we teach all people with diabetes to look after their feet, including showing them how the nails should be cut, to prevent problems.
Due to the increasing numbers of people with diabetes, having diabetes alone is no longer a reason to receive free chiropody. Only those people with diabetes who are at risk, such as peripheral neuropathy or had previous foot ulceration have access to free podiatry.
There is no reason why nurses should not cut toenails provided they have had the training and have the appropriate equipment, however, they should be careful with all patients not just those who have diabetes.
Debbie Hicks is nurse consultant, diabetes, Enfield Community Services, Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health Trust; chair, Forum for Injection Technique; and co-chair, TREND-UK