There are over 400 million diabetics in the world, 15% of whom are prone to diabetic foot ulcers, including skin breakdown, infection and, ultimately, amputation. There are 10 million people with diabetic foot ulcers in the world today. The outlook and impact of which are horrifying.
In the UK, there are more than 20 amputations a day, for those up to 50% are dead within 2 years. Diabetic foot ulcers cost the NHS £1.1 billion. Fortunately, temperature is an early indicator of ulceration, prior to any visible signs or skin breakdown – and NPL has experts who know how to measure temperature.