Foot exams can help cut hospital stays
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.