People with diabetes have a tremendous risk for developing a foot ulcer, which is the precursor to most amputations. The lifetime risk can reach 25%. People with poorly controlled diabetes are more likely to experience foot complications. Seemingly minor foot complications can have devastating consequences for people with diabetes. Any change in the sensation, shape or skin integrity of the feet can contribute to deformity, infection, ulceration and, ultimately, amputation. Prevention, early detection and aggressive treatment of complications are crucial. Education is key in preventing diabetic foot complications. Healthcare providers need to emphasize careful control of diabetes, daily foot examination beginning at the time of diabetes diagnosis and proper foot care. This course describes risk factors, such as neuropathy, poorly fitting shoes, infections and Charcot’s joint. It also discusses treatment and prevention strategies.
The goal of this diabetic foot injury continuing education program is to provide nurses, dietitians, dietary managers, and health educators with an overview of the incidence, contributing factors, treatment strategies and interventions for diabetic feet. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Discuss factors contributing to diabetic foot complications
- List three approved treatment strategies for managing diabetic foot complications
- Describe three interventions for diabetic foot care
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This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, dietitians, health educators, and physicians.
Health educators: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
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Sponsored by OnCourse Learning, a designated provider of continuing education contact hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designated for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.0 total Category I continuing education contact hours.
Provider ID: CA0084 (98709) for 01/01/2012 to 12/31/2015, 114941 for 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2019.
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