Creating A Foot Check Program At The Providence Veterans Administration Medical Center

2042 Words Oct 30th, 2016 9 Pages
This paper will focus on creating a foot check program in the hemodialysis unit at the Providence Veterans Administration Medical Center. The prevalence of foot wounds among the veterans has increased over the last six months due to poor foot care practices. Without a program in place to educate, assess and intervene, foot complications will continue. According to Crozier, (2014) patients on hemodialysis have a high prevalence of foot related issues resulting in an increased number of hospitalizations, often resulting in amputations which can be serious and even life threatening. Amputations can be avoided with adequate education and thorough evaluations which promotes early detection and referrals. Jones, Chess, Cawley, Phillips & Riley (2013) stated that foot ulcerations are an important predictor of mortality within the first ninety days of initiation of hemodialysis. The improvement plan will consist of forming a multidisciplinary team to design a foot check program to increase patient awareness, educate them on improving their self-care practices, and use assessment tools to identify foot complications in their early stages.
The Problem and Its Background
According to Crozier (2014) patients on hemodialysis have a high prevalence of foot related issues resulting in an increased number of hospitalizations, often resulting in amputations which can be serious and even life threatening. Amputations can be avoided with adequate education and thorough evaluations which…

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