Best Practice statement – Ankle brachial pressure index (ABPI) in practice – Wounds UK
The importance of ABPI
The measurement of the ankle brachial pressure index (ABPI) has been identified as a crucial element of holistic assessment, which can enable early intervention and thus improve patient outcomes.
National data identified in the Burden of Wounds study (Guest et al, 2015; Guest et al, 2017) has demonstrated the cost of leg ulcers to healthcare systems, and proper diagnosis and early intervention have been shown to be key areas that require attention (Staines, 2018).
Gaps in practice have been identified and new developments in technology for ABPI testing – i.e. accurate automated assessment devices – may be beneficial in improving outcomes in practice (Dowsett & Taylor, 2018; Mullings, 2018).
Date: 25 January 2019
Author(s): Jacqui Fletcher, Kelly Buxey, Kevin Conway, Sarah Kiernan, Jeanette Milne, Luxmi Dhoonmoon, Joy Tickle
For more information on the MESI ABPI MD