I am very pleased to introduce the latest article, “Treating Venous Stasis Ulcers In The Lower Extremity,” in our CE series. This series, brought to you by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education, 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.
Approximately 25 percent of Americans can be affected by chronic venous insufficiency. If the disease goes untreated, it can lead to venous stais ulcers in the lower extremity. In this article, Mark Beylin, DPM, discusses the etiology of venous ulcers, what to look for in the diagnostic workup of these patients, and shares his insights on different treatment strategies one may employ to help achieve healing.
At the end of this article, you’ll find a 10-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. 69 and successfully answering the questions on pg. 74. Use the postage-paid card provided to submit your answers or fax the form to NACCME at (610) 560-0502.
ACCREDITATION: The North American Center for Continuing Medical Education 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 the NACCME are expected to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of their presentation.
DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS: Dr. Beylin has disclosed that he 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 his presentation.
GRADING: Answers to the CE exam will be graded by the NACCME. 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: October 2004.
EXPIRATION DATE: October 31, 2005.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• demonstrate a knowledge of venous anatomy and the etiology of venous ulcers;
• discuss key clinical signs of venous stasis ulcers;
• contrast the various forms of compression therapy;
• discuss key steps to facilitating a clean wound bed with venous ulcers; and
• describe possible ancillary treatments for venous ulcers.
Sponsored by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education.