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Best Practices for the Management of Foot Ulcers in People with Diabetes

Woo, Kevin Y. PhD, RN; Botros, Mariam DCh; Kuhnke, Janet RN, MSc, ET; Evans, Robyn MD, MSc; Alavi, Afsaneh MD

Advances in Skin & Wound Care:
doi: 10.1097/01.ASW.0000436385.24508.d5
Features: Clinical Management Extra

PURPOSE: To enhance the learner’s competence with information about best practices in management of foot ulcers in people with diabetes.

TARGET AUDIENCE: This continuing education activity is intended for physicians and nurses with an interest in skin and wound care.

OBJECTIVES: After participating in this educational activity, the participant should be better able to:

1. Identify assessment parameters to discern causes and risk factors for foot ulcers.

2. Apply evidence-based practices to case scenarios for the prevention and management of diabetic foot ulcers.

ABSTRACT: Care of people with diabetic foot ulcers requires a systematic approach following the wound bed preparation paradigm and the existing best practice recommendations. The purpose of this article is to summarize key evidence and recommendations regarding prevention and management of diabetic foot ulcers that can be translated into practice.

In Brief

This continuing education activity summarizes key evidence and recommendations for the care of foot ulcers in persons with diabetes that can be translated into practice.

Author Information

Kevin Y. Woo, PhD, RN • Assistant Professor • School of Nursing Queen’s University • Kingston, Ontario Canada • Wound Care Consultant • West Park Health Centre • Toronto, Ontario, Canada • Web Clinical Editor • Advances in Skin & Wound Care

Mariam Botros, DCh • Chiropodist • Women’s College Hospital • Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Janet Kuhnke, RN, MSc ET • PhD Student • University of Ottawa • Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Robyn Evans, MD, MSc • Director of Wound Clinic • Women’s College Hospital • Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Afsaneh Alavi, MD • Lecturer • Toronto Dermatology Clinic • Toronto, Ontario, Canada

All faculty, staff and planners, including spouses/partners (if any), in any position to control the content of this CME activity have disclosed that they have no financial relationships with, or financial interests in, any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.

To earn CME credit, you must read the CME article and complete the quiz and evaluation on the enclosed answer form, answering at least XX of the XX questions correctly.

This continuing educational activity will expire for physicians on November 30, 2014.

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