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Person—foot ulcer indicator (current), code N

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termFoot ulcer (current)
METeOR identifier:Help on this term302445
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 21/09/2005
Definition:Help on this term

Whether an individual has a current foot ulcer on either foot, as represented by a code.

Data Element Concept:Person—foot ulcer indicator

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Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
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Supplementary values:Help on this term
9Not stated/inadequately described

Collection and usage attributes

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CODE 9    Not stated/inadequately described

This code is not for use in primary data collections.

Data element attributes

Collection and usage attributes

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CODE 1   Yes
Record if a foot ulcer is currently present on either foot.

CODE 2   No
Record if a foot ulcer is not currently present on either foot.

Collection methods:Help on this term

Access whether the individual has a current foot ulcer on either foot.


  • ask the patient about previous or current foot problems, neuropathic symptoms, rest pain and intermittent claudication;
  • inspect the feet (whole foot, nails, between the toes) to identify active foot problems and the 'high-risk foot';
  • assess footwear;
  • check peripheral pulses;
  • examine for neuropathy by testing reflexes and sensation preferably using tuning fork, 10 g monofilament and/or biothesiometer.
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Foot ulcer is usually situated on the edge of the foot or toes because blood supply is the poorest at these sites. In a purely vascular ulcer, nerve function is normal and sensation is intact, hence vascular ulcers are usually painful.

Foot ulcers require urgent care from an interdisciplinary team, which may include a general practitioner, podiatrist, endocrinologist physician, nurse or surgeon.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

National diabetes data working group

Origin:Help on this term

National Diabetes Outcomes Quality Review Initiative (NDOQRIN) data dictionary.

Reference documents:Help on this term

The Diabetic Foot Vol 3 No 4. Principles of Care and Guidelines for the Clinical Management of Diabetes Mellitus.

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Supersedes Person—foot ulcer status (current), code N Health, Superseded 21/09/2005

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Diabetes (clinical) NBPDS Health, Standard 21/09/2005

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