Wound: The Role of the Physical Therapist in the Management of Patients at Risk for Wounds

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Course Type: Online | PT 2009

Author(s): Melissa Johnson, MPT, CWS; Joseph McCulloch, PT, PhD, CWS, FAPTA; Pamela Scarborough, PT, MS, CDE, CWS, FACCWS

Price: $54 Member | $89 Nonmember (subject to change)

CEU: 0.3 CEUs (3.0 contact hours)

Description: This presentation will discuss the role of physical therapists in identifying through tests and measurements patients at risk for pressure, diabetic, and vascular ulcers, while using the guide for integumentary/wound management content in professional physical therapist education as a foundation for this session. Information will be provided on the new regulations related to pressure ulcers and the impact on physical therapists in the acute care setting. In addition, the speakers will address the role of physical therapists in preventing pressure ulcers through intervention. Content also will include the effects of elevated blood glucose from the cellular to tissues to systems levels. This session will focus on wound healing impairments caused by diabetes and hyperglycemia to assist physical therapists with a better understanding of diabetes related issues in wound healing. It will provide an overview of vascular assessment useful to the physical therapist in determining the circulatory state of their patients and the patient's risk for the development of a vascular wound. Both venous and arterial assessments will be addressed and guidelines given for steps useful in preventing and managing vascular wounds.

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