Posts Tagged ‘diabetes’

Don’t Put Your Foot in Your Mouth: What You Must Know About Diabetic Footwear (Advanced)

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
Don’t Put Your Foot in Your Mouth: What you Must Know About Diabetic Footwear will be presented by Dr. Alison J. Garten DPM, CPed, Kaiser Permanente at this year’s Wild on Wounds National Conference September 7-10, 2011.
This is a MUST go to presentation designed to educate the wound care professional on how diabetic shoes in the high-risk patient can greatly reduce the likelihood of ulcerations in their feet. We will together identify who are the high-risk patients through patient examples, discuss the anatomy of the high-risk diabetic and the importance of professionally fitted shoes in this population. We will conclude with specific examples of how specific ulcers could have been prevented. We’ll discuss the Diabetic Therapeutic Shoe Bill guidelines under the Medicare law, and explain how diabetic shoes can be a profitable business for your practice.

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Diabetic Foot Complications: Time To Take The Shoes Off and Battle

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Diabetic Foot Complications

Diabetic Foot Complications: Time To Take The Shoes Off and Battle will be presented at this year’s Wild On Wounds National Convention in Las Vegas NV at Caesars Palace by David Yeager DPM, FASPS, FACFAS, KSB Foot and Ankle/ Wound Care Center

Diabetic foot complications are an everyday occurrence. Lets talk about what we are up against. Learn how to identify, treat, and prevent diabetic foot complications we are up against. Learn how to identify, treat and prevent diabetic foot complications. We will discuss the significant morbidity that is associated with these infections and the financial impact they have on the delivery of care.

This session will be held on Thursday September 8, 2011 from 2:15-3:15 p.m

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Wild On Wounds Conference: Total Contact Cast

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

Total Contact Casting

Total Contact Cast: Utilizing a Gold Standard, Easy as 1-2-3

One of the sessions being offered at the Upcoming Wild on Wounds National Conference in September is sure to be a popular among the attendees. Jeffrey L. Jensen DPM, FACFAS, Dean and Professor, Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery, will present this power packed session.

Attendees will explore the effects of diabetes on tissues and a brief comparison of diabetic wound treatments. The remainder of the session will concentrate on a detailed, hands-on practicum on the technique for proper application of Total Contact Casts. This session will be held September 7, 2011 from 8:00-11:30 a.m.

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What factors do you face when it comes to ensuring adequate support for your patients?

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Wound development has many different etiologies. Diabetes, arteriosclerosis, venous insufficiency, trauma and a host of others come to mind. Treatment of these wounds may be similar in approach and others may be completely different. One thing that is common in treatment of wounds is adequate support for the underlying structures near and under the wounds. Sometimes this step and consideration is ignored or overlooked all together.

Roho Cushion

Roho Cushion

There are many different types of support surfaces to consider. There are mattresses and beds as well as support cushions, positioning devices, orthotics and specialty shoes that help offload pressure from areas that experience pressure or friction. Here is a a little refresher article on support surfaces.

The following is quoted from that article. “An important part of the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers is placing people on an appropriate support surface. Choosing the appropriate support surface is not an easy task as there is no standard criteria to evaluate support surfaces. Therefore, it is important to assess the performance of each type of support surface accurately, identify individual patient needs and then select the most appropriate option based on a well-informed, educated approach.”-WCIN .

Ortho Wedge Cushion

Ortho Wedge Cushion

Although this is true, it lends some discussion as to how we as wound care certified professionals consider this in our approach to relieving pressure. There are so many variables that go into the decision making process that the decision itself is often delayed due to the variables. Costs, availability, compliance, resources are all variables that effect the bottom line, which is to prevent or help heal the wounds!

Aircell XL

Aircell XL

So how do you approach pressure relief in your day to day practice? In long term care, do you have pressure relieving mattresses or alternating pressure mattresses? Are you turning Q2 hrs? Is that the extent of the pressure relief that you afford? How strong is your assessment of the patient’s need for pressure relief when they have an appointment in the outpatient clinics? Are you certain the patient has some sort of support surface? What factors do you face when it comes to ensuring adequate support for your patients?

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