I am pleased to introduce the latest article, “Assessing Debridement Options For Diabetic Wounds,” 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.
When debriding diabetic wounds, one must consider several variables to help facilitate optimal wound healing. With that said, Eric H. Espensen, DPM, denotes the advantages and disadvantages of several types of debridement. He also explores the question of whether or not one should debride a diabetic wound.
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. 101 and successfully answering the questions on pg. 106. 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. Espensen 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: March 2007
EXPIRATION DATE: March 31, 2008
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• discuss the importance of debridement for diabetic wounds;
• summarize proper techniques for surgical, sharp, mechanical, autolytic, enzymatic, biological and chemical debridement;
• describe the factors that affect whether one should or should not perform debridement;
• discuss the importance of maintaining a sterile environment during various types of debridement; and
• discuss options for pain relief during different debridement procedures.
Sponsored by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education.