PGW5206 - The diabetes foot - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences


Ms Adriana Tiziani

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This unit deals with the assessment and management of patients with diabetes related foot wounds. The unit will explore the aetiology and clinical presentation of complications of diabetes mellitus that manifest in the lower limb and foot. Assessment of diabetes foot disorders will focus on pressure and foot mechanics, peripheral sensation and circulation. Clinical management and evaluation of patients with diabetes-related foot wounds will cover wound dressings, antibiotics, debridement and orthopaedic reconstruction, along with quality of life and other health related issues.


At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of factors (such as aetiology, pathophysiology and weight bearing functions) in the development of a diabetes-related foot wound.
  2. Analyse causes of foot ulceration in those with diabetes demonstrating an appreciation for the multi-factorial nature of this complication.
  3. Using clinical assessment as a basis, formulate a holistic management plan for a patient with a diabetes-related foot wound including local wound care, pressure reduction techniques, medical management, psychological and sociological aspects.
  4. Discuss the advantages of using a multidisciplinary approach in the care of a patient with a diabetes-related foot wound.
  5. Investigate potential complications of diabetes-related foot wounds including infection and amputation.
  6. Communicate strategies for planning and evaluating outcomes of care for patients with diabetes-related foot wounds.


Two minor assignments: 30%

Major assignment: 50% (hurdle)

Participation in online tutorials: 20%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average 10-12 hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include teacher directed learning, reading time, participation in tutorials or discussion groups, research and preparation for assignments.

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