Accreditation The American Medical Directors Association (AMDA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Designation Statement: The American Medical Directors Association designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AMDCP Credit Designation: This session has been approved for a total of 1.5 Clinical credit hours toward certification as a Certified Medical Director in Long Term Care (CMD).
Session Description: This session presents the importance of basic wound care for pressure, venous, neuropathic and ischemic ulcers. The faculty will discuss the importance of appropriate diagnostic skills and tests to determine the type of ulcer. They will also outline the evidence behind the fundamental aspects of wound care for these four ulcer types. Lastly, the session will cover basic wound dressings for chronic ulcers.
Discuss the differences between the four major wound types.
Explain the important diagnostic modalities of wound treatment.
Recognize the limitations of the evidence behind the efficacy of many wound therapies.
Evaluate the strength of the evidence for each wound dressing type.
Speakers(s): Paul Y. Takahashi, MD; Lester J. Kiemele, PA
Disclosure(s): Paul Y. Takahashi, MD has no disclosures to report. Lester J. Kiemele, PA has no disclosures to report.
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