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Discipline: Nursing
Hours: 10 Contact Hours
Textbook Authors:
  • David G. Armstrong M.D. (Editor)
  • Lawrence A. Lavery M.P.H. (Editor)
Workbook Authors:
  • Elayne Sugar-Karrel, RN, MSN (Original)
  • Marcie Scott, MSN, RN (3rd Edition)
Item#: N1693
Contents: 1 Textbook (144 pages)
1 Workbook (24 pages)
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Clinical Care of the Diabetic Foot, 3rd Edition

Price $39.95
Item # N1693
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.



Course Objectives

  • 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.

Elayne Sugar-Karrel, RN, MSN, earned her BSN and MSN at the Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis. She has practiced for more than 20 years at the Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago as a Clinical Nurse Specialist. She has lectured nationally and internationally, and has published extensively in nursing and medical journals and books. She has served on various hospital and community-wide committees. She was the chairperson for the Clinical Specialist Committee, and a professional member of the Illinois Spina Bifida Association. She has designed and conducted numerous research studies, developed numerous patient educational tools, and organized support groups and educational conferences. Elayne enjoys spending time with her family, including her husband and 10-year-old son.

Marcie Scott, MSN, RN, is a nurse planner at Western Schools. Marcie has a master’s degree in cardiovascular nursing and more than 25 years of professional nursing experience. Marcie has most recently served as the co-director of certification and education at the International Association of Forensic Nurses, where she assessed members’ continuing education needs and developed online activities. She also served as a senior editor with the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). At the ANCC, some of Marcie’s responsibilities included developing and conducting item writing workshops for nursing content experts and editing items for ANCC credentialing examinations. While completing her graduate nursing program, Marcie held a clinical nursing position on a cardiothoracic intensive care unit with the Washington Hospital Center’s Heart program. Later, as a program manager with a health maintenance organization, Marcie conducted health education seminars and developed disease management and health promotion materials.

  • 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.