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Early referral for foot ulcers is vital, finds audit of diabetes care

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i1820 (Published 31 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1820
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. London

A diabetes foot care audit in England and Wales shows that patients who are expertly assessed within two weeks are more likely to be free of foot ulcers at 12 weeks than those who have to wait longer for assessment.1

The National Diabetes Foot Care Audit included 5215 patients presenting with a diabetic foot ulcer to 129 specialist foot care services from July 2014 to April 2015. Most (3699) had been referred by their GP or other health service, and …

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