Foot ex­ams can help cut hos­pi­tal stays

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PA­TIENTS could leave Glas­gow hos­pi­tals on av­er­age 13 days ear­lier un­der a new cam­paign.

Check, Pro­tect, Re­fer (CPR for Feet) is be­ing rolled out in hos­pi­tals across Greater Glas­gow and Clyde.

The pro­gramme pro­motes pa­tient safety and pre­vent harm by in­cor­po­rat­ing foot ex­am­i­na­tions into the nor­mal ad­mis­sion process for in­pa­tients.

Nurs­ing staff check each pa­tient’s risk of de­vel­op­ing a le­sions or ul­cer on the feet when com­ing in to the wards.

If they are at risk, their feet are pro­tected and if they have an ul­cer they can be re­ferred im­me­di­ately to the po­di­a­try ser­vice.

By tak­ing these pre­cau­tions, it has been es­ti­mated that, across Scot­land, the pro­gramme could pre­vent 75 per cent of new foot ul­cers de­vel­oped in hos­pi­tal and re­duce a stay by 13 days.

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