Diabetes mellitus can cause serious lower extremity complications that threaten life and limb. Peripheral neuropathy and vascular disease can lead to ulcers, arthropathy, and infections that cause pain, impair mobility, and may even lead to amputation. These complications can be minimized or prevented by diabetes management and proper foot care. This includes wearing appropriate footwear and having regular foot examinations to assess for sensation, ulceration, and signs of soft tissue and toenail infection. Patient education is also an essential part of diabetic foot care.
The goal of this course is to provide nurses, health educators, and dietitians in acute care settings with an overview of diabetic foot pathologies and strategies for treatment and prevention.
Julie Stefanski, MEd, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CDCES, FAND is a SME Writer focused on topics related to food, nutrition & dietetics for Relias. She is a registered dietitian nutritionist and has been a certified diabetes educator since 2003. Ms. Stefanski earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Dietetics and a master's degree in Adult Education with a special focus on distance learning. She was an adjunct instructor in the Stabler Department of Nursing at York College of Pennsylvania for 13 years. Stefanski is the owner of Stefanski Nutrition Services where she specializes in pediatric nutrition, diabetes, gastrointestinal issues and sports nutrition. Stefanski serves as national media spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.
Carrie Furberg, BSN, RN, CRN, has over ten years' experience in radiology nursing, in vascular and interventional radiology as well as all imaging modalities. She is a Certified Radiology Nurse with clinical expertise in procedural sedation, cardiac CT, and radiation safety, and has prior experience in critical care, cardiac stepdown, and emergency care. She is a member of the Association for Radiologic and Imaging Nursing (ARIN) and RAD-AID International.
Certificates provided by accrediting body (7 Match)
American Nurses Credentialing Center
District of Columbia Board of Nursing
Commission on Dietetic Registration
Georgia Board of Nursing
South Carolina Board of Nursing
New Mexico Board of Nursing
Arkansas State Board of Nursing
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Overview
Section 3: Lower Extremity Pathology
Diabetic peripheral neuropathy
Ulcers and Amputations
Section 4: Prevention
Does the Shoe Fit?
Section 5: Clinical Vignette
Section 6: Conclusion
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