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Course Overview

Lymphedema is a chronic, incurable and debilitating disease. A healthy lymphatic system adequately transports and drains lymph fluid from the interstitium in the human body. A damaged, obstructed or compromised lymphatic system allows proteins from lymph fluid to remain in interstitial tissue. This accumulation of protein-heavy lymph fluid in the skin results in lymphedema, otherwise known as "lymph-swelling."
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Accreditation Information

Certificates provided by accrediting body (2 Match)

  • Illinois Division of Professional Regulation of Physical Therapists


    Relias Learning is an Illinois Physical Therapy Continuing Education Sponsor, number 216.000290. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.
  • Ohio Physical Therapy Association


    This course is approved by the Ohio Physical Therapy Association, approval number 20S0616. This activity is approved for 1.0 contact hours.

Course Details
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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Define lymphedema, including incidence, etiology, symptoms, signs and risk factors; Describe two effective ways to educate patients about lymphedema; Discuss different intervention and prevention options
  • Outline:

    Section 1: Introduction

    Section 2: What is Lymphedema? 

    - Primary lymphedema 

    - Secondary lymphedema

    - Discussion points for Patients: Lymphatics as a Drainage Structure

    Section 3: Stages of Lymphedema

    - Stages of Lymphedema

    Section 4: Diagnosing Lymphedema

    - Signs and Symptoms of Lymphedema

    Section 5: Safety Factors and Risk Reduction

    - Absolute Steps

    - Skin Care

    - Other Steps

    - Signs of Cellulitis 

    Section 6: Lymphedema Interventions and Current Research 

    - Coding/ Billing Information

    - ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Codes

    Section 7: Treatment 

    - Absolute Contraindictions

    - Relative Contraindictions

    Section 8: How Can Physical Therapists Educate Patients?

    Section 9: Conclusion

  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Physical Therapists; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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    All courses offered by Relias, LLC are developed from a foundation of diversity, inclusiveness, and a multicultural perspective. Knowledge, values and awareness related to cultural competency are infused throughout the course content.
    Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, service mark, manufacturer or otherwise does not constitute or imply any endorsement, recommendation, or favoring of, or affiliation with, Relias, LLC.
    All characteristics and organizations referenced in the following training are fictional. Any resemblance to any actual organizations or persons living or dead, is purely coincidental.
    To earn continuing education credit for this course you must achieve a passing score of 80% on the post-test and complete the course evaluation.
  • Accommodations:

    If you require special accommodations to complete this module, please contact Relias Customer Support here.
  • Disclosures:

    Expert Reviewers, Instructors, and Staff Writers disclosures will be listed above after the individuals' biographical paragraph. All other members involved within the planning of this educational activity have declared no conflict of interest exists when planning and developing this course.
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