I am very pleased to introduce the second article, “How To Prevent, Diagnose And Treat Pressure Ulcers,” in our new 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.
Obviously, pressure ulcers are a serious problem for many patients. Given the demographic trends on the aging of the population in the United States, having a strong knowledge of pressure ulcer treatment is perhaps more critical than ever before. In this article, Tamara Fishman, DPM, describes the nature of these ulcers, key diagnostic indicators and helpful treatment insights.
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
Sponsored by HMP Communications, LLC.
INSTRUCTIONS: Physicians may receive one continuing education contact hour (.1 CEU) by reading the article on pg. 55 and successfully answering the questions on pg. 60. 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 2002.
EXPIRATION DATE: June 30, 2003.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• identify the four stages of pressure ulcers;
• explain the role of nutrition in the healing of pressure ulcerations;
• describe the factors that place a patient at risk for the development of pressure ulcerations;
• identify components of the optimal treatment for pressure ulceration; and
• be familiar with the legal implications of pressure ulcerations.