Foot ulcers are a significant complication of diabetes mellitus. Approximately 15 to 20 percent of the estimated 21 million persons diagnosed with diabetes mellitus in the U.S. will be hospitalized with a foot complication at some time during the course of their disease. People with diabetes make up approximately 60% of the non-traumatic amputations in adults over age 20, and 80% of those were preceded by foot ulceration. Approximately 65,700 lower extremity amputations were performed in 1 year on people with diabetes. The diabetic foot and its sequelae account for billions of dollars in direct medical expenditures. Through proper evaluation and treatment interventions we attempt to significantly reduce these complications and expenditures.
Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP# 13791
Nurses will receive 1.00 contact hours for participating in this course.
District of Columbia Board of Nursing Approved Continuing Education program (CEBroker Provider #50-290).
Florida Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Georgia Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
South Carolina Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
West Virginia Board of Registered Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
New Mexico Board of Nursing (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Etiology of Foot Ulceration
The Neuropathic Ulcer and its Pathophysiology
Section 3: Assessing Signs and Symptoms of Peripheral Neuropathy
Section 4: Device Management of Ulcers Caused by Neuropathy
Section 5: Recommended Wound Care
Ulcer Evaluation Goals
Performing an Assessment
Dressing the Wound
Section 6: Commonly Used Dressings for Wounds
Wet to Moist Gauzes
Transparent Adhesive Films
Alternative Wound Care Treatment Options
Section 7: Extrinsic Factors That Can Determine the Development of Ulceration
Expect Your Feet to Last a Lifetime!
Lower Extremity Amputation Prevention Program (LEAP)
Foot and Nail Care
Section 8: Contemporary Evidence Based Medicine
Holistic Wound Care-Biopsychosocial Model
Physical, Mental and Social Well-Being
Disgust and Avoidance
Section 9: Conclusion
Exam and BrainSparks
Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN, Content Writer, Relias Learning, has held positions as staff nurse, charge nurse, research nurse clinician, and clinical instructor with over 25 years of clinical practice in a broad range of specialties: med/surg, pediatrics, long term care, mental health, research, and IDD. Prior to becoming a Registered Nurse, Ms. Schnaufer successfully challenged the Practical Nursing Boards in NY. After working with the Breast Oncology Research group at Duke, Ms. Schnaufer switched her focus to the area of IDD and worked with individuals with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues, who live in group homes. Among her various responsibilities in this area was to train direct support staff and clinicians in medical issues/medication administration, participate in state surveys, providing and implementing plans of correction, as well as, serving on various committees, such as Human Rights, to help improve the lives of the individuals supported. To this day, she continues to volunteer in this realm. A veteran of the U.S.A.F., Ms. Schnaufer is committed to creating relevant and intelligent continuing education courses for healthcare professionals throughout the continuum of care. Disclosure: Karen C. Schnaufer, BSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Staff Writer: Adam Roesner, BSN
Adam Roesner, BSN has been working with various quality measures optimization since 2013. His experience in program management in both clinical and performance measures allows a unique perspective on the challenge faced by healthcare systems today. Adam has presented trainings on HCAHPS programs for sales forces and executive leadership alike, and has managed various skin health and HCAHPS educational programs and bundles for acute, post-acute, and IDN facilities. Disclosure: Adam Roesner, BSN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Expert Reviewer: Ron Orth RN, CHC, CMAC
Ron Orth obtained a nursing degree from Milwaukee Area Technical College in 1985 and a B. A. in Health Care Administration from Concordia University in 1996. Mr. Orth possesses over 30 years of nursing experience with over 20 of those in the Skilled Nursing industry. Mr. Orth has extensive experience in teaching Medicare regulations to healthcare providers both in the US and internationally. Mr. Orth is currently the Director of Curriculum Design for Post-acute Care at Relias. Ron is certified in Healthcare Compliance through the Compliance Certification Board (CCB). Ron has also successfully completed the Infection Control Officer training through the AHCA.Disclosure: Ron Orth RN, CHC, CMAC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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