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CPR for Feet Helping Get Patients Home from Hospital

Friday, October 12, 2018

A national campaign which could see patient leave hospital on average 13 days earlier is being rolled out in hospitals across Greater Glasgow and Clyde. 

The campaign ‘Check, Protect, Refer (CPR for Feet) is a programme to promote patient safety and prevent harm by incorporating foot examinations into the normal admission process for inpatients.              

This prevention programme will see nursing staff check each patient’s risk of developing a lesions or ulcer on the feet when coming in to our wards.  If they are at risk their feet are protected and if they have an ulcer they can be referred immediately to the podiatry service. 

By preventing foot ulcers it has been estimated that, across Scotland, the programme could prevent 75% of new foot ulcers developed in hospital.  More importantly is can reduce longer stays in hospital for patients by up to 13 days. 

Pauline Johnston, Practice Development Podiatrist is leading the programme for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde. 

She said:  “Prevention of foot ulceration is a key aim of the CPR campaign.  

“Simple measures such as the 30 second foot check, application of pressure relief and early referral to the podiatry service can have a significant impact on the reducing the rate of avoidable ulcers. 

“Developing a foot ulcer can be stressful for patients, not only can it delay their discharge but they may also additional care when home.  

“Foot ulcers can be preventable and the cost to the NHS is considerable, we hope that CPR for feet will help raise awareness of the importance of foot checks in our patients.” 


Notes to Editors

Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Patient Safety are key objectives in the UK, with the NHS adopting a zero tolerance approach. According to the UK National Inpatient Audit (2015) 1 in every 100 patients developed a foot lesion during their hospital stay.  A 2013 audit of 12 NHS Scottish Boards (1,048 inpatients with diabetes) identified: 

  • 1 in 20 in patients with diabetes developed a new foot ulcer during their hospital admission 
  • 57% of inpatients had not had their feet examined 
  • 60% of those at risk of developing a foot ulcer were not provided with ‘off-loading’ pressure care 

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Last Updated: 12 October 2018