Diabetic foot ulcers - Nursing management and care
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.
Nurses 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 nursing 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 and is suitable for all those involved in nursing care.
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