Beyond the Edge: Skin Care Considerations for Lower Extremity Venous Disease
1 CE hour
This presentation will provide clinicians with an understanding of common skin care disorders associated with lower extremity venous disease. Best practice strategies to recognize and manage these changes in order to promote healing and prevent complications will be reviewed.
This module is relevant for health care professionals who provide direct care for patients with lower extremity venous disease.
1. Understand the impact of edema on skin integrity.
2. Appreciate the importance of effective compression in managing edema and contributing to skin integrity.
3. Describe the common skin integrity problems associated with lower extremity venous disease.
4. Describe three steps to maintaining or improving skin integrity.
Debra Thayer is a board certified Wound Ostomy and Continence (WOC) Nurse with over 20 years experience in the specialty. She holds a baccalaureate degree in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin, and a master’s degree in Nursing from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining 3M as a Skin and Wound Care Specialist, she had a private nursing practice that included patient care and industry consultation. She has provided wound, ostomy and continence care as a clinical specialist in hospitals, nursing homes and home health care. She was a faculty member of the Abbott Northwestern Hospital WOC Nursing Education program for nine years and served as clinical faculty at the University of Minnesota. Debra has participated in research and has published. Skin care, incontinence and wound infection are areas of special interest. Debra is a member of the Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing Society. In her current role she has lectured on skin and wound related topics across the US, Asia/Pacific, Latin America and Europe.
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