Accurate Wound Diagnosis: Pearls for the Physical Therapist
Section: Academy of Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management
Session Code: CE-2A-6676
Date: Friday, February 23, 2018
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Hilton Riverside
Room: Jackson

Speaker(s):   Rose Hamm, PT, DPT, CWS, FACCWS
  Stephanie Woelfel, PT, MPT, CWS, FACCWS

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

As direct access becomes more prevalent, physical therapists are increasingly called upon to properly triage and treat patients with wounds. Making an accurate diagnosis of wound etiology is paramount in determining an appropriate treatment plan, as well as identifying when a patient should be referred to another practitioner. This session will assist participants in differentiating common and atypical wound etiologies via visual inspection and various screening/imaging methods.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. List the evaluation components needed to make an accurate diagnosis of etiology for a patient with a wound.

2. Apply findings from a comprehensive noninvasive vascular screening exam to accurately diagnose a lower extremity wound.

3. Differentiate between a true pressure injury and other common skin injuries, including moisture-associated skin damage and medication-related changes.

4. Compare and contrast characteristics of atypical wounds and make a differential diagnosis between infected wounds, autoimmune-related wounds, malignant wounds, and other atypical wounds.

CEU: 0.2

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