I am pleased to introduce the latest article, “A Guide To Foot Surgery For The Geriatric Patient,” in our CE series. This series, brought to you by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education (NACCME), consists of complimentary 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.
While there may have been a general reluctance in the past to perform podiatric surgical procedures on older patients, geriatric patients are living longer and more active lives. Accordingly, William Fishco, DPM, discusses key considerations and precautions for ensuring optimal surgical outcomes in geriatric patients.
At the end of this article, you’ll find a nine-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. 77 and successfully answering the questions on pg. 82. 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: Dr. Fishco 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 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 2006
EXPIRATION DATE: October 31, 2007
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• discuss key precautions one should take when performing metatarsal osteotomies in geriatric patients;
• list potential considerations in the patient history when evaluating the surgical candidacy of geriatric patients;
• review keys to assessing the vascular status of geriatric patients;
• discuss appropriate pre-op and post-op drug administration and cessation in geriatric patients at risk for embolic events;
• describe how to resolve failed first MPJ implants in geriatric patients;
• review conservative care principles in managing foot and ankle trauma in geriatric patients.
Sponsored by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education.