Diabetic foot problems assessed in only 60 seconds
The implementation of a new 60-second foot exam in Guyana, South America, has reduced the incidence of diabetic foot complications at the national referral hospital.
The Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation (GPHC) sees two hundred patients at its diabetes clinic per week, but a recent study funded by the Canadian International Development Agency has shown that in the past, patients were not routinely checked for diabetic foot risk. Using the Shane Inlow 60-second foot exam has, however reduced the workload of clinicians, decreased amputation incidence and identified previously unrecognised ulcers.
The Shane Inlow 60-second exam asks patients about their diabetic foot history, such as the occurrence of previous ulcers, amputation and neuropathy. A single positive result during screening is considered a high-risk case. In the first 24 months, the major amputation rate at the hospital was cut by 46% and the identification of previously unrecognised ulcers was 9%.
To see the poster presentation of this study on the Wounds International Virtual Conference space, click here.
Image: A US Lieutenant examines a local Guyana resident. Credit: U.S. Embassy Guyana.