Diabetic foot screening is the cornerstone of good diabetic foot care.
The purpose of diabetic foot screening is to carry out a quick, simple, and evidence based screening to determine at what risk a patient is of developing a diabetic foot ulcer, which may lead to an amputation. The patient should be made aware of their foot risk status and have an appropriate treatment/management plan agreed with the patient and implemented if/when required.
The NICE: Clinical Guideline 19: Diabetic foot problems: prevention and management is produced in the UK by the National Institute of Health and Care Excellence to guide clinicians on the most up to date, and evidence based practice. This guideline will mainly be of interest to all healthcare professionals involved in the care of people with diabetes. The target users are, however, much broader than this, and include people with diabetes, their carers and those who interact with people with diabetes outside of the NHS. It will also be of interest to those planning the delivery of services in England and beyond.
The guideline states that:
‘Ensuring that all assessments and, where necessary, referrals to foot care services, are undertaken by skilled and trained healthcare professionals will reduce the risk of complications associated with diabetic foot problems (such as ulceration, infection, amputation and death) and their associated costs.’.