How To Address Puncture Wounds
Continuing Education Course #156
I am pleased to introduce the latest article, “How To Address Puncture 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.
Seemingly benign puncture wounds may have potentially serious complications, including osteomyelitis, when there is delayed treatment. Accordingly, Michael Keller, DPM, and Jacob D. Fassman, DPM, detail what one should look for during an exam, discuss what imaging techniques are effective and review proper antibiotic use for such wounds. They also discuss the treatment of puncture wounds in patients with diabetes.
At the end of this article, you will find a nine-question exam. Please mark your responses on the enclosed postcard and return it to NACCME. This continuing education course will also be available on Podiatry Today’s Web site (www.podiatrytoday.com) so you can submit your responses online. 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.
Plantar puncture wounds are injuries that podiatric physicians commonly encounter. Clinicians often see puncture wounds in children who have played outdoors with or without shoes.1 Many of these wounds are the result of nails, sewing needles, broken glass, wooden toothpicks, tacks, thorns and animal bites.1 Most wounds heal uneventfully.