The Truth about Diabetic Ulcers

Event Information
Product Format
Prerecorded Event
Dorothy Doughty, MN, RN, CWOCN, FAAN
Conference Date
Wed, Dec 16, 2009
60 Minutes
Product Description

One wrong assumption about a diabetic ulcer could have serious consequences.

Diabetic foot ulcers are frequently mismanaged. These mismanaged ulcers can become chronic non-healing wounds, are costly to care for and may ultimately result in amputation.

Know for sure the causative and contributing factors to diabetic foot ulcers and understand why this is an incomplete and inadequate classification.  Join Dorothy Doughty, MN, RN, CWOCN, FAAN for an insightful look at case studies that illustrate the key concepts when dealing with these types of ulcers.

Also, make sure that you're dealing with the impact of diabetes on the healing of any wound. Dorothy will walk you through the critical parameters in assessment; specific guidelines for differentiating between ischemic, neuropathic, and “mixed” ulcers,
and very specific guidelines for management of each type of ulcer.

Here's what you will learn:

  • “Diabetic Foot Ulcer” is an incomplete designation/classification - Dorothy will tell you why…
  • Include these parameters in assessment of foot ulcers in diabetic patients.
  • Dorothy will provide pathology, presentation, and management guidelines for:
    • Ischemic ulcers
    • Neuropathic ulcers
    • Neuroischemic ulcers
  • Zoom in on the critical factors in differential diagnosis
  • Topical therapy isn't issue free - make sure you're aware of what the issues are.
  • Here are some options for offloading.
  • Plus: Critical elements of patient education.

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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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