An Occupational Understanding of Lymphedema - OT11

An Occupational Understanding of Lymphedema

by Cheryl Paeth, OTR/L, OTD, CLT
OT11
(4.3 / 554 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Occupational Therapy (0.10 AOTA CEU)

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Summary:

Lymphedema occurs when there is an increase in fluid in soft body tissue from trauma to the lymphatic system. Damage interferes with the ability of the lymph fluid to move through the body. Lymph fluid circulation is critical to keeping the body healthy because it collects bacteria, viruses and waste products. The two types of lymphedema are primary and secondary. Secondary lymphedema, which is the more common type, results from breast cancer surgery and treatment; however, lymphedema can occur as a result of any surgery or trauma involving lymph nodes and vessels. Evaluating its impact and providing individualized treatment is essential to supporting occupational engagement and enhancing quality of life for clients.

Objectives:

The goal of this lymphedema program is to review the lymphatic system anatomy, outline the occupational deficits associated with lymphedema and gain an understanding of treatment options consistent with the “Occupational Therapy Practice Framework.” After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe the impact of lymphedema and identify relevant treatments
  • Name important structures of the lymphatic system and understand their basic functions
  • Discuss the impact of lymphedema and plan occupation-based interventions
 
Content Level: Introductory
Instructional Method: Online Course — Narrative
 
Content Focus
Domain of OT: Client Factors
Occupational Therapy Process: Intervention

 
Approval Information
 
OnCourse Learning is an approved provider of continuing education for occupational therapists by the American Occupational Therapy Association. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.
 
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Occupational Therapy (provider # FBN 50-1489).
 

Course Originally Released on: 8/15/2011
Date of Most Recent Review: 5/17/2016
Course Termination/Update Date: 5/17/2019

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

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Jacqueline Y - Pinole, CA  ·  Feb 25, 2017
Good review - information on lymphedema stages and treatment - importance of complete picture of client - history and values
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Eileen B - Peoria, AZ  ·  Feb 15, 2017
This course is a good primer to lymphedema. Understanding the etiology and OT's role peaked my interest.
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Hannah F - Austin, TX  ·  Jan 29, 2017
I would have liked to have more information about some of the specific techniques that patients can use as part of the routine to manage the lymphedema. I did like how the course related management of symptoms to holistic health practices of managing weight and getting physical activity, instead of only emphasizing medical treatments. I just would have appreciated more information about the medical treatments as well.
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Desirae R - Catalina, AZ  ·  Jan 25, 2017
GREAT INFO/ LEARNED ALOT
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Lynne T - Tarpon Springs, FL  ·  Jan 25, 2017
It was extremely informative and interesting in a short format. Well written. Thank you!
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