Diabetes can lead to poor circulation and the loss of feeling in a person’s limbs. These factors increase the chance of foot ulcers^ a major health problem that will affect 15 to 25 per cent of people with diabetes at some point during their life. In Alberta^ the rates of amputations are increasing and diabetic foot ulcers account for 65 per cent of lower limb amputations. Research shows that as many as 85 percent of Lower Limb Amputation can be prevented through early screening for^ and treatment of diabetic foot ulcers.
Clinical experts from across the province have been consulted to develop a Diabetic Foot Care Clinical Pathway for patients with diabetes who are at risk of developing a foot ulcer or who already have an ulcer. The pathway assists healthcare providers identify foot problems^ facilitate early intervention and support patients in receiving the appropriate care from the right provider^ at the right time.
Publication Date: 2017-8-1
Last Updated on PCR: 2017-11-02 08:41:21