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Diabetes and lower limb complications: how nurses can reduce risk

Amputation is not an inevitable progression of lower limb pathology in people with diabetes, and nurses play a key role in improving outcomes

Amputation is not an inevitable progression of lower limb pathology in people with diabetes, and nurses play a key role in improving outcomes

  • One of the most devastating complications of diabetes is infection that leads to lower limb amputation
  • Amputation is avoidable and the important role of early and effective screening and assessment is something every nurse should be aware of
  • Neuropathy due to diabetes may lead to signs being missed by patients, making it vital that nurses check any breaks in the skin for infection

Nearly 4.1 million people in the UK are registered as having diabetes – a figure that has almost doubled in the past 15 years.

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