Wound Management Strategies for Patients with Lymphedema | ACOLS

Wound Management Strategies for Patients with Lymphedema

This intensive 2-day course is sponsored by the Academy of Lymphatic Studies and is designed to further the knowledge of therapists in the management of chronic wounds.

The course covers topics ranging from the anatomy of the circulatory and lymphatic system, physiology of wound healing, modalities of in wound care, wound assessment and documentation to nutritional aspects in wound care. This specialized approach to wound care takes into account the swellings associated with most wounds and includes techniques of Manual Lymph Drainage and Complete Decongestive Therapy, measurement techniques for compression garments, and much more. Upon completion of this course, therapists will be able to properly identify wound characteristics consistent with venous insufficiencies in combination with lymphedema, and understand how to effectively apply the different components of MLD/CDT for patients with integumentary dysfunction associated with lymphedema.

This course is open to all therapists who would like to further their education in wound care management.

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Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Recognize the clinical signs and symptoms of lymphedema
  • Appreciate the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic, circulatory and integumentary systems
  • Properly identify wound characteristics consistent with integumentary dysfunction associated with lymphedema
  • Discuss the components of a thorough wound examination specific to patients with lymphedema
  • Discuss wound intervention strategies specific to patients with lymphedema
  • Describe the tests and measures utilized to develop an appropriate plan of care for patients with wounds associated with lymphedema
  • Understand the importance of proper nutrition and hydration for successful wound closure
  • Understand how to apply the components of Complete Decongestive Therapy successfully and safely for patients with integumentary dysfunction associated with lymphedema
  • Identify the proper form of compression therapy to safely manage patients with integumentary dysfunction associated with lymphedema
  • Describe the appropriate modalities and adjunctive therapies to manage wounds associated with lymphatic dysfunction

Pre-requisites

This 2-day advanced course is open to all therapists who would like to further their education in wound care management.

It is recommended, not required, that you purchase the textbook "Lymphedema Management: A Comprehensive Guide for Practitioners" by Joachim Zuther.  For students registering for this course, we offer a discounted price for the textbook of $70.00 (regularly $89.90) plus shipping.  To purchase the textbook with your online registration, click here to place your order (enter Coupon Code OE70 during checkout) or simply email our Admissions Representative through our contact form and tell them you would like the textbook added to your registration.  There will be an additional charge of $70.00 plus shipping added to your registration receipt.  All receipts will be emailed to you within 24 business hours.

Tuition

The tuition for this course is $395.00. We offer our alumni a 10% discount. If you register online, the discount will be applied automatically upon confirmation of alumni status.

Registration

To register for this class, simply click here. This will take you to our Schedule of Courses where you will be able to select the course of your choice and register. If you register online, your confirmation and receipt will be emailed to you within 24 business hours after registration.

If you would prefer to register via telephone, simply call our Admissions Representative at:

(800) 863-5935 x2 / (772) 589-3355 x2

We are available Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm EST.

Dates and Locations

The Academy of Lymphatic Studies now offers more classes in more locations, allowing the student to choose which location best serves their needs. Click here to view our current Schedule of Courses.

Duration

This course is 2 days in length (16 contact hours). The classroom hours are 8:00am – 6:00pm on the first day and 8:00am – 3:45pm on the second day. There will be approximately one hour for lunch every day.

Continuing Education Credits (CEU's)

This course is 16 Contact Hours. CEU's are available. Each state and profession is different, so please contact our Admissions Department for more detailed information regarding CEU approvals. Academy of Lymphatic Studies is an approved provider for the AOTA and NCBTMB.

What to Bring

  • Bring your textbook (if you have it).
  • Two sheets to cover the treatment tables and draping.
  • Pen/Pencil/Highlighters, as these may be useful for highlighting your manual.

All other class materials will be given to you on the first day of class.

What to Wear

Certain techniques that are practiced during classtime require direct contact with the skin. Please have the following items available for class labs:

  • Ladies: Bathing suits, halter-tops, sports bras, shorts
  • Gentlemen: shorts, or bathing suit.

It is recommended you wear these items under comfortable clothing. The days can be long, so we want you to be as comfortable as possible. You may also want to bring a light jacket with you to class. Classroom temperatures can be difficult to regulate.

Where to Go

The location/hotel information will be provided to you upon registration. This will have detailed information on the location and accommodations of the course, including directions, special rates, etc.


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