Call for an end to "national disgrace" of diabetes-related amputations

Diabetes UK has today launched a campaign to bring an end to the "national disgrace" of thousands of preventable amputations in people with diabetes, as new research has once again highlighted the unacceptably poor levels of foot care for people with the condition.

The Putting Feet First campaign, launched at the Diabetes UK Professional Conference 2012 in Glasgow, highlights the fact that people with diabetes are over 20 times more likely to have a lower limb amputation. About 80 per cent of the 6,000 diabetes-related amputations in England every year are preventable.

Reduce amputations by 50 per cent

By demanding an end to the postcode lottery of NHS foot care, we aim to reduce diabetes-related amputations by 50 per cent within five years.

A new study presented at today’s conference suggests that an unacceptably high number of hospitals are failing to comply with National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on when to refer patients to specialist foot care. Meanwhile, a separate study at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust has found that fewer than half of patients admitted with emergency diabetes-related foot problems had the blood supply to their feet assessed, whilst little more than a quarter were assessed for nerve damage.

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Call for an end to "national disgrace" of diabetes-related amputations

Diabetes UK has today launched a campaign to bring an end to the "national disgrace" of thousands of preventable amputations in people with diabetes, as new research has once again highlighted the unacceptably poor levels of foot care for people with the condition. ...

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