Using virtual care to support high risk foot services
People with a diabetes-related foot ulcer or Charcot neuroarthropathy require access to a multidisciplinary High Risk Foot Service (HRFS). This document provides an overview of how virtual care can support access to and delivery of HRFS care.
Virtual care can break down the barrier of distance (promoting more equitable service delivery) and it facilitates the HRFS multidisciplinary team approach by helping to:
- connect relevant medical and allied health specialties, including providing instruction to a clinician at the patient end
- link well-established services to newly established services, including training to staff at other sites to develop capability
- facilitate early identification of referrals required to transfer patients to services sooner
- promote knowledge, education and capability building amongst HRFS clinicians.