162762 - Keeping the wounded walking
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This ALM will update GPs with the latest evidence and practical expertise in the management of diabetic foot disease, lower limb venous disease and lower limb arterial disease, including symptoms, preventative/early disease interventions, ulcer management and advanced interventions following the patient journey from the community into hospital and beyond.
Relevance to General Practice
A Northern Health audit for the period 1 July 2016 - 30 June 2018 indicated that were 364 individuals who had 631 admissions for diabetes related foot complications. The unplanned readmission rate at Northern Health is 16%, with an average of 13 days between admissions (median 12).
Chronic wounds are a poorly recognised chronic disease that cause pain and suffering and cost the Australian healthcare system A$2.85 billion dollars pa. Chronic venous leg ulcers are the most common wounds seen in general practice and their management can be both challenging and time consuming.
Peripheral artery disease affects over a million Australians and is associated with an increased risk of mortality, cardiovascular disease, functional limitation, and limb loss.
GPs will be equipped with knowledge and skills in diagnosis, management and identification of the appropriate tests to use for the early detection of chronic wounds, ulcers and foot disease in diabetic patients.
- Enhance the knowledge of GPs in the early diagnosis, treatment and management of diabetic foot disease, venous ulcers and infection in the primary care setting
- Undertake a comprehensive assessment and identify patients at risk of peripheral arterial disease and diabetic foot disease
- List and explain available best practice treatments, including lifestyle changes, to improve patient outcomes
- Identify the criteria for immediate referral of patients with critical limb ischemia to a hospital emergency department
- Identify tertiary care pathways and strategies that exist to benefit patients with chronic venous ulcers, peripheral arterial disease or diabetic foot disease