Individuals with diabetes are at increased risk for a number of serious and disabling complications. Among these are foot problems. As many as 10-15% of individuals with diabetes will develop a foot wound, leading to increased risk for morbidity, mortality, repeated hospitalizations, and amputation. The management of foot wounds in patients with diabetes is a major therapeutic challenge, however, early intervention when ulceration develops can significantly improve patient outcomes. This course will provide nurses with the information they need to appropriately care for patients with diabetes who develop foot wounds. Specifically, best practice guidelines and/or evidence-based recommendations for appropriate patient assessment and management will be discussed.
This continuing education activity is for nurses who need to know how to appropriately care for patients with diabetes who develop foot wounds.
After completing this continuing education activity, the participant should be able to identify best practices for assessment and management of patients with diabetic foot wounds to improve patient outcomes.
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