Health Quality Ontario’s Diabetic Foot Ulcers Quality Standard focuses on care for people who have developed or are at risk of developing a diabetic foot ulcer. The scope of the standard covers all settings, including primary care, home and community care, long-term care, and acute care. It also provides guidance on optimal care when a person transitions between these settings—for example, when someone is discharged from a hospital to their home or a long-term care home.
The quality standard includes 12 quality statements addressing areas that have high potential for improving the quality of care in Ontario for people with diabetic foot ulcers.
Below is a sample of tools that may help you with the implementation of the quality statements into practice, organized according to purpose. Several of these tools will help to support multiple quality statements.
Are there other tools or resources you use? Do you have experience implementing these tools? If you have feedback about any of these tools, please use the comments section below to share!
- ABPI and TBPI Interpretations—a chart shared by the Waterloo Wellington Integrated Wound Care Program to interpret and record the Ankle Brachial Pressure Index (ABPI) and the Toe Brachial Pressure Index (TBPI)
- Inlow’s 60-second Diabetic Foot Screen—a tool shared by Diabetes Canada to help clinicians in the assessment and management of diabetic foot ulcers
Patient Education and Self-Management
- Address Patient-Centered Concerns—resources and information from the Waterloo Wellington Integrated Wound Care Program to help health care providers develop a patient-centered approach
- Foot Care: A Step Toward Good Health—a resource from Diabetes Canada with information about how diabetes can affect foot health and how to prevent wounds
- Healthy Feet—a program developed by Diabetic Foot Canada that offers patients and caregivers information and tools to promote foot health in people with diabetes
- My Diabetic Foot Ulcer Self-Care Wound Dressing Guide—a step-by-step guide from the South West Regional Wound Care Program to help patients and caregivers learn how to change a diabetic foot ulcer dressing
Referral to an Interprofessional Team | Comprehensive Assessment | Individualized Care Plan
The topics of “Referral to an Interprofessional Team,” “Comprehensive Assessment,” and “Individualized Care Plan” all share the same tools, which are listed together below:
Health Care Provider Training and Education
- e-footcare—an online course designed with international experts to provide free access for professionals who take care of persons living with diabetes in order to reduce diabetic foot complications leading to amputations
Comprehensive Tools and Resources for the Diabetic Foot Ulcer Quality Standard
The following tools and/or resources may apply to more than one topic in the Diabetic Foot Ulcer Quality Standard.
Comment below to describe your experience with these tools or share any others you have found useful!
This post is part of a series about how quality standards can be used to support quality improvement together and provides a forum for people who are working on adopting the quality standards to share ideas and experiences. The introductory post can be found here.