PURPOSE: To provide physicians and nurses with an overview of the pathophysiology, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of arterial insufficiency and ulceration.
TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in managing patients with arterial insufficiency and ulceration.
OBJECTIVES: After reading the article and taking the test, the participant will be able to:
1. Describe the anatomy and physiology of the lower extremity arterial system and the pathophysiology of arterial ulcers.
2. Describe the assessment and diagnosis of arterial insufficiency and ulceration.
3. Identify treatment options and teaching considerations for patients with arterial insufficiency and ulceration.
The authors of this continuing education feature review vital steps to help clinicians recognize and manage arterial insufficiency and the resulting ulcerations, before the disease becomes limb- or life-theatening.
Nurse Practitioner, Vascular Surgery • Clinical Nurse Specialist, Wound Care • Harper University Hospital • Detroit Medical Center • Assistant Clinical Professor • Wayne State University • Detroit, MI
Associate Professor • Department of Surgery • Wayne State University • Program Director, Vascular Surgery • Harper University Hospital • Detroit Medical Center • Detroit, MI
The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships or financial interests in any commercial companies that pertain to this education activity.