DPC Foot & Wound Clinic programme sneak peek

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The DPC Foot & Wound Clinic is returning for the third year running, but with longer sessions and space for more delegates following DPC2019’s move to a larger venue.

Dedicated to helping healthcare professionals support people with diabetes in looking after their feet and lower limbs, the clinic was hugely popular on its launch in 2017 and has become one of the show highlights.

The clinic programme covers diverse aspects of diabetic foot disease, from basic screening up to advanced care, and is designed to educate HCPs of varying levels of experience and from different healthcare settings.

Sessions at DPC2019 will include:

  • Assessment and risk stratification
  • Vascular signs and symptoms update
  • Practical clinical skills development in pressure redistribution in wound care
  • Assessment tools – SINBAD, TEXAS, costing of diabetic foot ulcers
  • National Diabetes foot update
  • Infection and sepsis clinical skills
  • Amputation
  • Referral pathways

Once again, the DPC Foot & Wound Clinic will be run in conjunction with a highly experienced clinical podiatry team from Solent NHS Trust, led by Graham Bowen, Podiatry Clinical Service Manager, who said:

“We’re really pleased to be working with DPC again this year to develop a dedicated foot and wound programme, which provides information and real-world skills about diabetic foot care. Each week, there are around 175 amputations related to diabetes: 95% of these amputations start with a single foot ulcer, so if you prevent the foot ulcer, you can prevent the amputation.

“Identification of foot risk is key for every patient with diabetes in preventing foot disease. Early referral to specialist teams is critical for those that need it.

“This is why the DPC Foot & Wound Clinic is so important – all healthcare professionals from primary and specialist healthcare settings have the opportunity to take away practical skills and clinical knowledge, which can have a significantly positive impact on patient outcomes.

“If we can get the screening and the education right, we can prevent that foot ulcer and prevent the need for amputation.”

The DPC Foot & Wound Clinic joins a series of specialist clinics at DPC2019, including the DPC Hypo Hub & Simulator and five new clinics, which will launch at this year’s show.

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