Continuing Education Information

Conference Description

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital’s Diabetic Limb Salvage Conference is a multidisciplinary team approach meeting that provides each member of the healthcare team with the education and resources needed to heal wounds and prevent amputations. It features a prominent international faculty that promotes the importance of a multispecialty approach in limb salvage. The course is designed for healthcare practitioners of all specialties and promotes an evidence-based approach with emphasis on take-home points, techniques, and functional outcomes. The meeting format will include didactic lectures, specialty symposia, and video surgical case demonstrations for the purpose of providing an interactive learning experience.

Target Audience

This conference is intended for diabetes and wound care specialists, vascular surgeons, orthopaedic surgeons,  podiatric surgeons, plastic surgeons, endocrinologists, family practice physicians, infectious disease specialists, cardiovascular and endovascular specialists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physical therapists, nurses, peripheral nerve specialists, certified diabetes educators, and other members of the healthcare team involved in diabetic foot and limb salvage.

Conference Learning Objectives

This course will enhance the background, knowledge, and skills of attendees in the science of diabetic limb salvage. At the conclusion of this continuing education activity, participants should be able to:

Physician Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the public health crisis of diabetic limb loss.
  • Discuss the pain of sensory loss and non-compliance to care.
  • Examine the options in vascular interventional technology and techniques, both surgical and endovascular.
  • Promote the practice of functional limb salvage so that patients maximize their active ambulatory status.
  • Navigate the complexities of biomechanics, limb salvage, the problem wound, wound based infection, preserving limb length.
  • Cite the financial and social impact of diabetic limb salvage and amputation.

Nurse Learning Objectives:

  • Analyze the public health crisis of diabetic limb loss.
  • Discuss the pain of sensory loss and non-compliance to care.
  • Examine the options in vascular interventional technology and techniques, both surgical and endovascular.
  • Promote the practice of functional limb salvage so that patients maximize their active ambulatory status.
  • Navigate the complexities of biomechanics, limb salvage, the problem wound, wound based infection, preserving limb length.
  • Cite the financial and social impact of diabetic limb salvage and amputation.

Occupational Therapist Learning Objectives:

  • Assess the utilization of different ambulatory offloading devices in the management of a diabetic foot ulcer.
  • Differentiate the implications of different types of amputations which can occur with a patient with a diabetic foot wound and the ramifications of each on the patient’s functional status.
  • Identify various comorbidities that occur with diabetes and their impact on wound healing and patients’ overall health.
  • Identify various surgical interventions utilized with patients who have a diabetic foot ulcer.
  • Evaluate the impact of an amputation on the patient’s quality of life and the role of a support group.

Physical Therapist Learning Objectives:

  • Summarize the benefits of plastic surgery intervention in the process of limb salvage.
  • Identify comorbidities and frailty factors which affect wound healing following surgical intervention or development of an ulcer.
  • Cite recommendations for treatment of edematous limbs including lymphatic management.
  • Compare the benefits of limb salvage versus amputation and their effect on functional outcomes.
  • Apply the latest recommendations in the treatment of Charcot Foot Deformity to best therapeutic practice for maximizing patient mobility.

Accreditation

In support of improving patient care, MedStar Health is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Credit Designation

This activity was planned by and for the healthcare team, and learners will receive 18.5 Interprofessional Continuing Education (IPCE) credits for learning and change.


CPME: An application has been submitted to Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine for credit.

Physicians: MedStar Health designates this live activity for a maximum of 18.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Nurses: This activity is approved for 18.5 ANCC contact hours. Nurses should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Physical Therapists: An application has been made to the Maryland Board of Physical Therapy Examiners for continuing education credits.