Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

'There are not many days when you don’t meet a patient with diabetes'

  • Comment

I was up in Glasgow for the Diabetes UK annual conference last week.

Diabetes is an important topic for nurses - and for us at Nursing Times, one which we marked with our diabetes special that included a range of useful practice articles - after all, there is not many days go by when you don’t meet a patient who has diabetes.

Some shocking statistics about lower limb amputations were revealed. Shocking in numbers and shocking because, for the most part, this is a preventable complication of diabetes. 80% of people who have a lower limb amputation die within five years.

Proper foot care is at the heart of prevention which is why another statistic, that 2% of foot ulcers occur while patients with diabetes are under care in hospital, is important. If foot ulcers can develop under the noses of health professionals then something is wrong.

Diabetes UK launched their Putting Feet First campaign in Glasgow to try to get the message out about the need for better foot care. Nurse education is crucial and our free-to-access online learning unit produced with NICE is part of the solution. If you have not yet done it and want to be part of a better statistic (the number of nurses who are up-to-date on diabetic foot care) then get to it.

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment.

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.