I am pleased to introduce the latest article, “Pertinent Pointers On DVT Prophylaxis,” 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.
Given the potentially grave complication of deep vein thrombosis (DVT), it is vital to have a strong understanding of the orthopedic literature on the subject. Accordingly, Mario Ponticello, DPM, and John Steinberg, DPM, assess the available studies, review key risk classifications and offer other pertinent insights on the use of DVT prophylaxis.
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. 84 and successfully answering the questions on pg. 90. 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. Ponticello and Steinberg 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: April 2007
EXPIRATION DATE: April 30, 2008
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• cite current statistics on the number of annual cases in which patients have a combination of DVT and pulmonary embolism (PE);
• discuss possible causes for DVT;
• describe potential risk factors for DVT;
• review study findings on the use of enoxaparin sodium, ardeparin and dalteparin for DVT prophylaxis;
• discuss the guidelines for antithrombotic prophylaxis; and
• list preventive strategies for patients at low risk, moderate risk, high risk and highest risk for VTE.
Sponsored by the North American Center for Continuing Medical Education.