I am very pleased to introduce the ninth article, “How To Diagnose And Treat Foreign Body Injuries,” in our CE series. This series, brought to you by HMP Communications, consists of regular CE activities that qualify for one continuing education contact hour (.1 CEU). Readers will not be required to pay a processing fee for this course.
Patients can present to your office with foreign bodies in the feet. These objects may be pebbles, nails or even glass. This is complicated by the fact that injuries may go untreated due to the presence of neuropathy in patients with diabetes. In this article, Tamara Fishman, DPM, enumerates how to diagnose and treat the various types of injuries you are likely to encounter.
At the end of this article, you’ll find a nine-question exam. Please mark your responses on the postage-paid postcard and return it to HMP Communications. This course will be posted on Podiatry Today’s Web site (www.podiatrytoday.com) roughly one month after the publication date. I hope this CE series contributes to your clinical skills.
Jeff A. Hall
INSTRUCTIONS: Physicians may receive one continuing education contact hour (.1 CEU) by reading the article on pg. 66 and successfully answering the questions on pg. 70. Use the postage-paid card provided to submit your answers or log on to www.podiatrytoday.com and respond electronically.
ACCREDITATION: HMP Communications, LLC is approved by the Council on Podiatric Medical Education as a sponsor of continuing education in podiatric medicine.
DESIGNATION: This activity is approved for 1 continuing education contact hour or .1 CEU.
DISCLOSURE POLICY: All faculty participating in Continuing Education programs sponsored by HMP Communications, LLC are expected to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of their presentation.
DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS: Dr. Fishman has disclosed that she has no significant financial relationship with any organization that could be perceived as a real or apparent conflict of interest in the context of the subject of her presentation.
GRADING: Answers to the CE exam will be graded by HMP Communications, LLC. Within 60 days, you will be advised that you have passed or failed the exam. A score of 70 percent or above will comprise a passing grade. A certificate will be awarded to participants who successfully complete the exam.
TARGET AUDIENCE: Podiatrists.
RELEASE DATE: June 2003.
EXPIRATION DATE: June 30, 2004.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• discuss the pathophysiology and management of foreign body wounds;
• discuss the strengths and weaknesses of diagnostic modalities in detecting foreign bodies;
• treat puncture wounds arising from substances like splinters and needles;
• diagnose and treat patients unaware of foreign bodies due to neuropathy; and
• recognize and treat infections arising from these injuries.
Sponsored by HMP Communications, LLC.