Key Strategies for Assessment and Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Dorothy Doughty, MN, RN, CWOCN, FAAN
Conference Date
Tue, Nov 26, 2013
60 Minutes
Product Description

Current Guidelines for the Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Patients with diabetes are at risk for diabetic foot ulcers, due to neuropathy or ischemia or a combination of these factors. Diabetic foot ulcers are complicated wounds that are difficult to heal, and non healing diabetic foot ulcers are a common reason for amputation. Clinically effective and cost effective treatment of diabetic foot ulcers requires accurate differential assessment, attention to etiologic factors, and an evidence based approach to wound management.

In this 60 minute audio session, expert Dorothy Doughty, MN, RN, CWOCN, FAAN will summarize the current guidelines for management of these ulcers. She will  provide a clear pathway for assessment and management of diabetic foot ulcers, which includes essential parameters for wound assessment, simple guidelines for differential diagnosis, and specific guidelines for management of each type of ulcer:  neuropathic, ischemic, and neuroischemic.

Topics covered in the session: 

  • Importance of differential assessment of diabetic foot ulcers (why diabetic foot ulcer is an incomplete diagnosis)
  • Essential parameters to be included in assessment (vascular assessment, sensorimotor assessment, pain assessment, ulcer assessment)
  • Management of neuropathic ulcer: offloading, glycemic control, topical therapy
  • Management of ischemic ulcer: measures to improve perfusion; vascular consult; glycemic control; topical therapy
  • Management of neuroischemic ulcer
  • Importance of early debridement and management infectious complications
  • Understand when the goal of treatment should be maintenance, and when debridement is contraindicated

Clear your doubts at the Q&A session following the live event and get advice unique to your situation, directly from our expert speaker.

Who should attend? RNs, LPNs, PTs with responsibility for wound care; CDEs; anyone involved with management of diabetic ulcers in the outpatient or home health setting.

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About Our Speaker

Dorothy Doughty - Wound Care Coding Expert

Dorothy Doughty, MN, RN, CWOCN, FAAN, has been the Director for the Emory University Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Education Center since 1984 and has worked as a wound care nurse since 1980. She has served as a wound care consultant in the long-term care setting and currently provides wound care in the outpatient setting. She frequently gives wound care presentations and has produced multiple publications on wound care topics.
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