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Second Congress of Cardiology and Angiology of Bosnia & Herzegovina

 

A NURSE PROGRAM FOR MANAGEMENT OF DIABETIC FOOT: PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF THE INVESTIGATION
S. Švrakić1 and P. Komnenić2
Institute of Vascular Diseases1, Clinical Center University of Sarajevo, College of Nursing2, Arizona State University, Tempe,Arizona, Bosnia and Herzegovina ,USA

Diabetic foot is important health problem, affecting more than one million patients during their life, leading to emotional disorders and enormous economical expenses for patient, patient's family, health practitioners and society in general. Management of diabetic foot needs interdisciplinary approaches and teams too. Cohesive team of health practitioners with nurse educated in problem of ulcer healing needs endocrinologist, psychiatrist, specialist for vascular diseases and vascular surgeon. Aim of this study was enlarge knowledge and conscious of nurses about diabetic foot problems, and obtain information about interventions in prevention, cure and education of patients, based on current investigation. Based of pilot study performed as interviews with nurses about problem of diabetic foot, we concluded that additional continued education of nurses involved in treatment of diabetic foot is needed. That may indirectly improve health care of diabetic patients and led to prevention of ulcers and diabetic foot. This study demonstrates innovations in prevention and promotion of diabetic patient's health. Short course in continued education and questionnaires for nurses from American Journal of Nursing and general attitudes in screening of diabetic foot and specifically aims in prevention of amputations based on recent references. The best treatment for diabetic foot is prevention of primary and recurrent ulcers in diabetic patients. That aim can be achieved and improved through educational program for nurses (as a part of interdisciplinary team) and give better education for patient too.

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