Current practice in the assessment and management of acute diabetes-related foot complications

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Authors: Jessup,R. L.;Spring,A. A.;Grollo,A.

Publication: Australian Health Review : A Publication of the Australian Hospital Association

Year: 2007

Volume: 31

Issue: 2

Start Page: 217

ABSTRACT:

A retrospective audit of client histories from 1 April 2004 to 31 March 2005 was conducted. Assessment, investigations on admission, management, length of stay and outcomes were assessed and compared with evidence-based guidelines. A total of 62 clients with 115 admissions were identified. The finding that HBA(1c) (glycated haemoglobin) levels were measured on admission 50% of the time suggested there is significant variability in assessment, investigation and management of acute diabetes-related foot complications. There is a need to better utilise evidence-based clinical guidelines, and for greater emphasis on linking individuals who are at risk of hospitalisation into appropriate outpatient services to improve outcomes.

  • Listing ID: 4492
  • Author/s: Jessup,R. L.;Spring,A. A.;Grollo,A.
  • Publication: Australian Health Review : A Publication of the Australian Hospital Association
  • Year: 2007
  • Volume: 31
  • Issue: 2
  • Start Page: 217
  • Article Keywords: Acute Disease;Diabetic Foot/complications/diagnosis/therapy;Humans;Medical Audit;Practice Patterns, Physicians'/standards;Retrospective Studies;Victoria