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How to Start a Nurse-Managed Foot Care Clinic

Bryant, Janet L.; Beinlich, Nancy R.

Pathophysiology
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The goals of a nurse-managed clinic are to prevent illness and encourage an active participation in health maintenance by increasing patient knowledge. A nurse-managed clinic that focuses on foot care presents an excellent opportunity to provide quality care to patients who are at risk by monitoring for debilitating foot conditions while teaching proper foot care techniques. It is well documented that foot care can prevent serious complications, such as amputation, making it essential for patients to be educated and receive professional foot care. This article addresses the development of a foot care clinic managed and staffed by nurses.

Janet L. Bryant, RN, CNS, CWCN, COCN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Akron General Medical Center Wound Center, Akron, OH.

Nancy R. Beinlich, BSN, RN, CWCN, COCN, Clinical Coordinator, Akron General Medical Center Wound Center, Akron, OH.

© 2003 National Association of Orthopaedic Nurses