Instructed caregiver reducing additional risk factors, such as , high cholesterol, and elevated blood glucose, are important in prevention and treatment of a diabetic foot ulcer. Wearing the appropriate shoes and socks will go a long way in reducing risks. the patient podiatrist can provide guidance in selecting the proper shoes.
Instructed caregiver inspect patient's feet every day—especially the sole and between the toes—for cuts, bruises, cracks, blisters, redness, ulcers, and any sign of abnormality. Each time you visit a health-care provider, remove your shoes and socks so your feet can be examined. Any problems that are discovered should be reported to patient's podiatrist as soon as possible; no matter how simple they may seem to you.
Instructed caregiver learning how to check patient's feet is crucial so that you can find a potential problem as early as possible.
Instructed caregiver the key to successful wound healing is regular podiatric medical care to ensure the following “gold standard” of care: Lowering blood sugar, appropriate debridement of wounds, treating any infection, reducing friction and pressure, restoring adequate blood flow.
Instructed patient all bed-bound and chair-bound persons, or those whose ability to reposition is impaired, to be at risk for pressure ulcers.
Instructed patient consider nutritional supplementation/support for nutritionally consistent with overall goals of care.
Instructed patient reposition bed-bound persons at least every two hours and chair-bound persons every hour consistent with overall goals of care.
Instructed caregiver reduce friction by making sure when lifting a patient in bed that they are lifted, not dragged during repositioning, prevent ulcers from occurring and can also help them from getting worse .
Make sure the skin remains clean and dry. Examine the skin daily. Inspect pressure areas gently. Make sure the bed linens remain dry and free of wrinkles. Pat the skin dry, do not rub
Skilled Nurse to educate on S/S of wound deterioration or infection such as: increase pain on wound site, swelling, temperature, and discharge.