When available, the Online Course format is included with the hard copy, eBook, or audio book formats!
Release Date: February 4, 2016
Expiration Date: February 28, 2019
This course contains a myriad of practical information necessary to manage and care for the diabetic foot, including its pathogenesis, prevalence, risk factors, risk classification, proper assessment and foot exams, preventive footwear, offloading devices, debridement, surgical techniques, and adjunctive wound therapies. The course also describes evaluation and treatment of the diabetic Charcot’s foot, peripheral artery disease (PAD) and infection of the diabetic foot, and emphasizes the importance of a team approach in diabetic foot care.
This course provides nurses and other healthcare professionals working in a variety of settings (inpatient, outpatient, home health care, etc.) with current information on the clinical care of the diabetic foot, including practical advice on the prevention, detection, and management of diabetes related foot complications. The material is presented in an easy-to-read, concise, evidence-based format, allowing for easy application to clinical practice, and will, it is to be hoped, inspire further research in the areas of diabetes management and prevention of diabetic foot complications. After completing this course, the learner will be able to describe the assessment, nursing intervention, and evaluation needed in caring for the diabetic foot.
Orthopedic Nurses - ONCB has approved this course for 2 Category A contact hours and 8 Category B contact hours toward recertification.
- Describe the pathogenesis of diabetic foot complications
- Describe how to perform an examination and risk assessment of the diabetic foot
- Discuss the principles and practice of evaluating the use of footwear and insoles for at-risk people with diabetes
- Discuss the assessment and classification of foot ulcers
- Describe the various options for offloading the diabetic foot wound
- Describe surgical and nonsurgical debridement techniques for the diabetic foot wound
- Describe adjunctive therapies as an important component in the management of the diabetic foot
- Describe common dressings used for diabetic foot wounds and the basis for their selection
- Discuss the recognition, evaluation, and management of Charcot’s foot in the patient with diabetes
- Discuss the evaluation and treatment options for infection of the diabetic foot
- Discuss the evaluation and management of peripheral artery disease in the patient with diabetes
- Explain the importance of an interdisciplinary team approach to diabetic foot care
David G. Armstrong, DPM, MD, PhD, is professor of surgery in the Department of Surgery at the University of Arizona in Tucson, visiting professor of medicine at the University of Manchester College of Medicine in Manchester, U.K., and co-founder of Southern Arizona Limb Salvage Alliance (SALSA) in Tucson.
Lawrence A. Lavery, DPM, MPH, is professor of surgery in the Department of Plastic Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX.
- Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
- You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
- Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools’ policy not to accept commercial support.
- All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.