Diabetes increases the chance of foot ulcers, a complication accounting for 70% of lower limb amputations in Alberta. Research shows that those can be reduced up to 85% by prevention and treatment of foot ulcers. The Diabetes Foot Care Clinical Pathway (the "Pathway") was created to prevent those amputations.
The Pathway consists of five simple but important steps.
The steps of the Pathway are supported by a number of tools and guidelines in our Pathway Toolkit.
Alberta’s medical experts and patients with diabetes were consulted in creating the Pathway, providing the tools and guidelines to ensure patients received the right care, from the right provider, at the right time. A survey was also used to identify gaps and opportunities to improve diabetic foot care in Alberta, indicating:
The clinician and survey feedback was used to develop the Diabetic Foot Care Clinical Pathway.
Saving Limbs and Lives PHC learning portal
AHS staff should access the module via MyLearningLink in order to receive credit for it
How to Perform a Foot Screen
For more information about the pathway email: