Foot Care Case Study

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With the help of the interdisciplinary team a foot surveillance program was created. Two assessment tools were developed with the intent of providing an initial assessment, and a monthly and annual assessment to detect foot issues in their early stages. A patient education program was developed to teach patients how to perform adequate self-care and promote their awareness. According to Valabhji (2011) the speed of referrals to the proper provider can be crucial to optimizing outcomes. By establishing a partnership for foot care we can reduce the number of referrals required.
A timeline was created from conceptual design to the implementation phase. A short time frame of 8 weeks allowed for the design of the program, and the
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Each with their own expertise, an education program was created, assessment tools were designed and evaluation forms created to evaluate the project. With the assistance of the diabetes educator an educational program was created to provide information for veterans to be successful in performing self- foot care practices. The Adult Learning Theory approach was used to educate the patients. Assessing the patients learning style is important for their engagement and to enhance learning. The three styles used were: visual, auditory and kinesthetic learning. Each veteran was evaluated and determined to be : a visual learner requiring pictures, images and diagrams to hold on to the information, an auditory learning requiring the nurses to talk them through the program, or a kinesthetic learner who preferred to feel or sense the action and learn through hands on (Olff, 2012).
Because of the increase in foot care issues in this population all thirty eight veterans in the unit were included. With guidance from the podiatrist and the nurses the assessment tools were designed. The tools would be used for an initial and annual assessment, and for the veterans determined to be at high risk a monthly assessment tool was created to identify foot issues in their early
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The writer carefully researched this topic and applied evidence-based practice and tools that will be effective in reducing the incidences of foot problems in this population of Veterans. This project will incorporate patient centered care through involvement of the patient, teamwork, collaboration, open communication and mutual respect. By implementing these initiatives, the patient can be a source of control of their care by providing Veterans the opportunity to participate in shared decision-making. By investing in the Veteran and teaching them self-assessment skills will increase accountability and involvement of a ornery group of patients. The VAMC is well known for innovative ideas and practice and this project fits into this category. The improvement of foot care practice in the hemodialysis patient will be beneficial to the Veteran as well as the medical center. By teaching self-assessment skills and early detection of problems will result in positive outcomes and will also result in cost avoidance for the VAMC. This project has increased the personal growth of the writer; by improving her skills of interdisciplinary collaboration as her project involved the participation of many individuals. Additionally, her communication skills have reached a new level due to

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