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Discussion in 'Diabetic Foot & Wound Management' started by Boots n all, Sep 12, 2013.

  1. Boots n all

    Boots n all Well-Known Member


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    l came a cross this article on LinkedIn this morning...

    An analysis of clinical activity, admission rates, length of hospital stay, and economic impact after a temporary loss of 50% of the non-operative podiatrists from a tertiary specialist foot clini...

    Emmeli Sjölander Marketing Executive at Co-Action Publishing

    By Catherine Gooday, Rachel Murchison, Ketan Dhatariya

    Introduction: Podiatrists form an integral part of the multidisciplinary foot team in the treatment of diabetic footrelated complications. A set of unforeseen circumstances within our specialist diabetes foot service in the United Kingdom caused a loss of 50% of our non-operative podiatry team for almost 7 months during 2010. Some of this time was filled by non-specialist community non-operative podiatrists.

    Methods: We assessed the economic impact of this loss by examining data for the 5 years prior to this 7-month interruption, and for the 2 years after ‘normal service’ was resumed.

    Results: Our data show that the loss of the non-operative podiatrists led to a significant rise in the numbers of admissions into hospital, and hospital length of stay also increased. At our institution a single bed day cost is £275. During the time that the numbers of specialist non-operative podiatry staff were depleted, and for up to 6 months after they returned to normal activities, the extra costs increased by just less than £90,000. The number of people admitted directly from specialist vascular and orthopaedic clinics is likely to have increased due to the lack of capacity to manage them in the diabetic foot clinic. Our data were unable to assess these individuals and did not look at the costs saved from avoiding surgery. Thus the actual costs incurred are likely to be higher.

    Conclusions: Our data suggest that specialist non-operative podiatrists involved in the treatment of the diabetic foot may prevent unwarranted hospital admission and increased hospitalisation rates by providing skilled assessment and care in the outpatient clinical settings.

    Keywords: diabetes; foot clinic; podiatrist; economic value; multidisciplinary team

    http://diabeticfootandankle.net/index.php/dfa/article/view/21757
    An analysis of clinical activity, admission rates, length of hospital... diabeticfootandankle.net

    An analysis of clinical activity, admission rates, length of hospital stay, and economic impact after a temporary loss of 50% of the non-operative podiatrists from a tertiary specialist foot clinic in the United..
     
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  3. cwiebelt

    cwiebelt Active Member

    Yes I also found this article very intresting and gave some evidence that what podiatrists do does have a not insignificant impact
    Unfortunately these days it all comes to the cost of delivering a service
    And while this article demonstrates significant impact up other foot clinics provided often foot clinics are not well funded or recognised either by staff or resources
     
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