PURPOSE: To enhance the learner’s competence with knowledge of screening for the high-risk diabetic foot.
TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care.
OBJECTIVES: After participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to:
1. Demonstrate use of the 60-second tool and other foot assessment strategies to identify risk in the diabetic foot.
2. Apply the 60-second tool positive screen recommendations and accepted evidence-based treatment guidelines in patient care situations.
ABSTRACT: People with diabetes mellitus will develop lower-limb complications, such as neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease, foot ulcers, and lower-leg amputations. Resources to control elevated hemoglobin A1c and blood pressure, along with the standardized approach using the 60-second tool (2012)©, can detect the high-risk diabetic foot and help prevent complications.