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Developing a dialysis centre foot screening culture
journal contributionposted on 2013-02-01, 00:00 authored by S Egbert, M Abbott, K Abeleda, L Marom, A Davis, S Bergin, Paul BennettPaul Bennett
Foot lesions are common in the dialysis population and contribute to increased morbidity and mortality (Broersma 2004). lmportantly, patients on dialysis with and without diabetes are at increased risk of foot ulcers (Jones et al. 2012) and lower limb amputation (Kaminski, Frescos & Tucker 2012). Simple foot screening in dialysis centres can identify those at risk of foot complications and the presence of foot ulcers (Ahmad 2009; Ng et al. 2003). Valid and reliable foot screening tools have been developed in the dialysis context to identify those at risk and those with actual ulcers (Murphy et al. 2012).ln 2011, following the completion of a Diabetes and Renal Pilot Study and staff education, Moorabbin Haemodialysis Unit and Southern Health, identified the need to formalise foot screening for all patients and increase the rate at which these were conducted. The aim of this report is to present a summary of the audit evaluation of foot health screens and referrals in our dialysis centre.