CWP launches revolutionary technology for diabetic patients
Staff and local partners from CWP came together recently to formally launch an innovative new technology that aims to revolutionise the way diabetic foot ulcers are treated.
According to statistics, 4 in 10 people who develop a diabetic foot ulcer will die within 5 years. There are also over 7000 diabetes-related amputations annually and England. Diabetic foot ulcers also precede 80% of amputations.
However, the podiatry team at Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) are hoping to reduce this risk by rolling out the Amfit CADCAM system. The system has been in place for eight months, and has already seen some remarkable results.
The formal launch, held at Fountains Health Centre in Chester, saw a number of Trust partners, including West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Diabetes UK, send attendees to find out more about the project, and also to see it in action.
The system uses a three dimensional scanner that will reduce the risks associated with diabetes when it comes to podiatry and foot-related issues. It does this by taking a digitised scan, displaying the contours of the foot. It then develops a bespoke insole for that person to use with their footwear. The project currently targets diabetic patients with pressure points and aims to reduce the number of diabetic foot ulcers developing.
Lucinda Mercer, CWP biomechanical lead and specialist podiatrist explains: “We believe that the new scanner will reduce the risk of ulceration in low, medium and high-risk patients, providing comfort and cushioning and prevent any deformities from deteriorating. We have already seen some incredibly positive outcomes for our patients since adopting the system and we are optimistic that this will continue. Our patients are at the heart of what we do, so we are always looking at ways to improve their outcomes when referred to our service.”
Of the patients who have benefited so far from the system, feedback has been positive. Examples include 90% of patients saying the insoles were more comfortable than footwear alone, and 80% saying that it had improved their quality of life.
One patient remarked: “I can now go for days out walking without having to worry about my feet getting fatigued or ulcerating – I’m over the moon!”
CWP associate director of operations for neighbourhoods and integrated care, Karen Moore, attended the launch event and participated in a demonstration of the scanner.
She said: “I was absolutely thrilled to attend this interesting and informative event. It was a great opportunity to showcase all of the excellent care that our Podiatry service provides. From my own personal point of view, I was delighted to take part in a demonstration of this new, innovative technology that the team is utilising. Having taken part, and now being in possession of my new, bespoke insoles, I can definitely see the positive impact that this will have on diabetic patients in West Cheshire.”