To prevent diabetic foot complications, it is imperative that clinicians acquire the knowledge and skills to identify patients at risk for foot complications and to implement appropriate preventative and treatment measures, using a systematic approach.
Based on the content of the Wounds Canada document, Best Practice Recommendations (BPR) for the Prevention and Management of Diabetic Foot Ulcers, the aim of this interactive program (two online modules, a full-day on-site skills lab, and a live 1.5-hour long webinar) is to enhance the diabetic foot ulcer prevention and management knowledge and skills of nurses and allied health-care professionals. Professionals who self-identify as a novice or advanced beginner in their diabetic foot ulcer prevention and management knowledge and skills will review the contents of the BPR document and demonstrate their new knowledge by successfully completing knowledge check questions and applying best practices to a case study.
Following the completion of the two online modules, students will join expert interprofessional faculty at a full-day on-site skills lab where they will practice conducting a comprehensive diabetic foot screen using the Inlow 60-second Diabetic Foot Screen, which includes skills like assessing for skin and nail changes, monofilament testing, assessing for peripheral arterial disease, and assessing for bony deformity (and footwear). Students then discuss risk stratification based on the foot screen results using the International Diabetes Federation’s Risk Categories (modified), and care planning based on identified risks. Students then explore offloading and preventative footwear options (e.g., total contact casts, removable cast walkers, instant total contact casts, half-shoes, surgical shoes, over-the-counter walking footwear, and modified footwear), strategies to select the most appropriate device with patients, and have the opportunity to apply, wear, and teach each other how to properly use such devices. This program is ideal for clinicians who will be applying total contact casts using cast kits. Students are strongly encouraged to arrange for mentorship opportunities within their workplaces in order to become proficient in the skills introduced and are advised to perform the skills only after they have been approved to do so by their manager.
To conclude the program, students participate in a webinar to discuss their success in applying their new knowledge and skills and enablers and barriers to practice change. Using live polling, students will also discuss complex wound cases presented by faculty, demonstrating the application of best practices in the prevention and management of diabetic foot ulcers. Webinars occur twice annually, with an archived version available for viewing should the student not be able to attend the live session.
Once the student successfully completes all the interactive modules (courses) in this interprofessional program, they will receive a certificate of successful completion.
Time: 12-13 hours on average to complete, self-paced
Pre-requisite: Successful completion of Best Practice Approach to Skin Health and Wound Management: Knowledge (A100MNN)
Program cost (all required courses excluding the pre-requisite): $285.00 + tax
Upcoming skills lab: TBA
Live webinar dates:
- Thursday, April 1, 2021, at 1200 PM EST
- Thursday, October 7, 2021, at 1200 PM EST