The heel in touch

Midland Reporter - - News -

RESEARCHING the best way to re­duce the risk of hos­pi­tal pa­tients de­vel­op­ing bed­sores on their heels has earned a St John of God Mid­land Pub­lic and Pri­vate Hos­pi­tals po­di­a­trist an in­ter­na­tional re­search award.

Se­nior po­di­a­trist Jo Scheep­ers’ re­search iden­ti­fied that im­prove­ments to cur­rent guide­lines would bet­ter iden­tify a pa­tient’s risk of de­vel­op­ing pres­sure in­juries on their feet while in hos­pi­tal.

“The re­sults of my re­search show there is an op­por­tu­nity to en­hance how health­care pro­fes­sion­als as­sess the risk of pa­tients de­vel­op­ing pres­sure in­juries on their feet,” she said.

“This could lead to more pa­tients hav­ing pre­ven­tion strate­gies put in place dur­ing their hos­pi­tal stay to re­duce their risk.”

Ms Scheep­ers said the re­sults could greatly as­sist pa­tient re­cov­ery.

“Pa­tients with ex­ist­ing foot con­di­tions and risk fac­tors can be more sus­cep­ti­ble to get­ting pres­sure in­juries on their heels in hos­pi­tal and if they do, the in­juries can take a very long time to heal or can be­come in­fected and pos­si­bly re­sult in leg am­pu­ta­tion,” she said.

Ms Scheep­ers won the 2017 Jour­nal of Tis­sue Vi­a­bil­ity and Jour­nal of Clin­i­cal Biome­chan­ics Award.

Jo Scheep­ers.

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