The International Diabetes Federation Clinical Practice Recommendations co-authored by our very own Katia Langton on the Diabetic Foot are simplified, easy to digest guidelines to prioritize health care practitioner's early intervention of the Diabetic foot with a sense of urgency through education. The main aims of the guidelines are to promote early detection and intervention; provide the criteria for time- adequate referral to a second or third level centers and serve as a tool to educate people with diabetes about the importance of prevention of this pathology.
They are also designed to provide clinicians with practice recommendations based on published evidence, which have been validated through reviews and field-testing by experienced Diabetic foot care clinicians. They not only target specialized Diabetic foot health practitioners, but all health professionals, including diabetes educators and nurses, and in some circumstances, people with diabetes and their families.
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Katia Langton, Secretary of the International Diabetes Federation is pleased to be announcing the new Diabetic Foot Guidelines, to decrease ulcers and amptations, at the World Congress of Diabetes hosted by the IDF in Abu Dhabi Dec 5th-8th, 2017.
Diabetes, ulcers and amputations are poised to overwhelm nations and cripple health care budgets as this disease skyrockets globally. A critical paradigm shift in treating the Diabetic Foot is necessary to prepare for the increasing incidence and severity of the disease and its complications. It is imperative that we front end load our resources into educating health care practitioners in treating Diabetic Foot disease in the early stages and with urgency, with a focus on preventative care, preventative offloading devices, and devices that will close the ulcers quickly. This will reduce overall costs and make health care sustainable in the future as the disease progresses on a global level.
Introduction of the International Diabetes Federation Clinic Practice Recommendations and Guidelines on protecting the Diabetic Foot. These international guidelines; introduced June 2017, urges intervention in Risk Category 1 and 2 in order to prevent progression to Risk Category 3. Systematic adherence to these simplified, easy to digest practice guidelines will reduce overall costs and make health care sustainable in the future as Diabetes progresses on a global level.
Katia Langton is trained as a doctor of Chiropractic. She is the owner and operator of Oceanwalk Pedorthic Footcare and is also the Secretary of the Diabetic Foot Stream Committee of the International Diabetes Federation and co-authored the latest IDF guidelines to protect The Diabetic foot from breakdown.