Are health care professionals in the United States adequately trained in our university based medical/allied health professional programs to recognize lymphedema and treat it appropriately?
Franklin, TN (PRWEB) October 31, 2011
North American Seminars a national provider of continuing education courses for physical therapists and occupational therapists introduces a new online continuing education course, Understanding Lymphedema.
What is lymphedema? Is it common or rare? Is lymphedema misdiagnosed or not even diagnosed? Is the incidence of lymphedema accurately reported? Are health care professionals in the United States adequately trained in our university based medical/allied health professional programs to recognize lymphedema and treat it appropriately? How do you treat lymphedema? Are resources easily available for patients diagnosed with lymphedema? These questions and others will be answered in this home study course. The United States does not lack the availability of short stretch compression bandages or compression garments used in the treatment of lymphedema. What is lacking among the hundreds of thousands of health care professionals in this country is the basic knowledge, skills, and abilities to diagnose and treat millions of Americans who suffer from lymphedema. These basic knowledge and skills are not usually taught in medical programs, nursing programs, physical therapy programs, or occupational therapy programs.
Upon completion of this online continuing education course for physical therapists and occupational therapists, the course participant will have been instructed and tested on the following course objectives.
1) Define lymphedema
2) Describe the anatomy of lymphatic vessels
3) Identify the two largest lymphatic vessels in the body
4) Describe the physiology of the lymphatic system
5) Identify the different types of lymphedema and incidence
6) Describe the treatment for early detection and intervention for breast cancer related lymphedema
7) Describe a potential cure for lymphedema
8) Describe the physiological effect from compression pumps
9) List the treatment techniques for lymphedema
10) List the contraindications for lymphedema treatment.
This online lymphedema continuing education course meets the requirements for continuing education in most states for four (4) Continuing education Hours. For a complete view of current course approvals visit Continuing Education State approval for Physical therapists and Occupational Therapists
Illinois Board of Physical Therapy 4 hrs
California Board of Physical Therapy 4 hrs
AOTA Provider P2047
Washington State Physical Therapists 4 hrs
Oregon Physical Therapists 4 hrs
New York physical therapists approved providers 4 hrs