Diabetic foot ulcers: Management and care

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Diabetic ulcers are an increasingly common complication of diabetes and a sign of serious, progressive disease. In some cases they lead to amputation and early death.

Healthcare professionals play a key role in early identification of skin deterioration and must have a keen awareness of the signs of early stage skin breakdown. This module is focused on care once an ulcer has developed.

There are a number of other modules available on skin and ulcer care including:  The skin - an introduction to the anatomy; The skin - identifying and preventing skin damage; and Pressure ulcers - an introduction.

This module focuses on primary wound care for a diabetic ulcer.

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At the end of this module participants will be able to:

  • Outline effective wound management for a diabetic ulcer.
  • Know how to assess a diabetic foot ulcer.
  • Know how to recognise and treat an infected ulcer.
  • Understand the range of dressing options available and how to select an appropriate dressing.
  • Understand what offloading is.

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