The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) estimates, as of 2018, that over 34.3 million people in the United States have diabetes. As this number continues to rise, so do the secondary issues that can arise in diabetic patients.
Improve patient outcomes with better treatment of diabetic foot ulcers
This course provides an online interactive format for you to learn more about identifying, treating, and most importantly preventing diabetic foot ulcers. Currently it is estimated that 14 – 24% of patients that develop diabetic foot ulcers have an amputation. Learning more can help you better care for your patients and reduce the risk of amputation.
Upon completion of this program the participant will be able to:
- Understand the etiology and pathophysiology behind diabetic/neuropathic ulcers.
- Discuss the diagnosis of diabetes, the disease process, and the manifestations on the skin.
- Determine appropriate treatment approaches for diabetic foot ulcers.
- Discuss preventative measures to reduce the incidence.
- Understand the difference between offloading vs. non-weightbearing.
- Understand the basic requirements of a diabetic foot screen.
Who should attend
RNs and LPNs and other health care professionals who are looking for more in-depth training on diabetic foot ulcers.
Bill Richlen is a licensed Physical Therapist, Wound Care Certified and Diabetic Wound Certified by the NAWCO. He has been involved in wound care for over 25 years. Bill has worked as a physical therapist and clinical wound specialist in long-term care, outpatient, skilled rehabilitation, and home health. Bill has served as a clinical instructor for physical therapy students, Director of several large rehabilitation departments, and has been providing multi-disciplinary wound care education to physicians, nurses, and therapists for over 25 years. He has been teaching wound care seminars nationally for over 16years.Bill is currently the co-owner and CEO of Infinitus, LLC and Wound Care Gurus, LLC, wound care solutions companies providing education, consultation, and clinical support.
Denise Richlen is a licensed Physical Therapist, Wound Care Certified and Diabetic Wound Certified by the NAWCO and a Certified Lymphedema Therapist (CLT). She has been involved in wound care for over 30 years. Denise has worked as a physical therapist and clinical wound specialist in skilled rehabilitation, long-term care, home health and outpatient settings. Denise has owned a private practice, worked as a clinical educator, and served as an area manager in long term care. She has been providing multi-disciplinary wound care education to clinicians for over 15 years. She has been teaching wound care seminars nationally for over 10 years and is an instructor for the Wound Care Education Institute. Denise is co-owner and COO of Wound Care Gurus, LLC, wound care solutions company providing education, consultation, and clinical support.