I am pleased to introduce the latest article, “How To Diagnose And Treat Insect Bites And Stings,” in our CE series. This series, brought to you by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education (NACCME), 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.
Podiatrists will invariably see an increase in patients with insect bites and stings on the lower extremity as more people participate in outdoor activities. With that in mind, Gary Dockery, DPM, and Stephen Schroeder, DPM, discuss the diagnosis of bites and stings inflicted by ants, ticks, spiders and bees. They also offer pertinent insights on appropriate treatment.
At the end of this article, you’ll find a 10-question exam. Please mark your responses on the enclosed postcard and return it to NACCME. 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. 91 and successfully answering the questions on pg. 98. Use the enclosed card provided to submit your answers or log on to www.podiatrytoday.com and respond via fax to (610) 560-0502.
ACCREDITATION: NACCME 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 NACCME are expected to disclose to the audience any real or apparent conflicts of interest related to the content of their presentation.
DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS: Drs. Dockery and Schroeder have disclosed that they have 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 their presentation.
GRADING: Answers to the CE exam will be graded by 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: June 2006
EXPIRATION DATE: June 30, 2007
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• discuss and contrast the clinical presentation of stings from fire ants, harvester ants and pharaoh ants;
• review the early clinical presentation of patients who have Rocky Mountain spotted fever transmitted by ticks;
• discuss the primary stages of Lyme disease;
• review the proper technique for tick removal;
• diagnose bites inflicted by brown recluse and black widow spiders; and
• discuss appropriate treatment for bee stings in allergic and non-allergic patients.
Sponsored by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education.