Overview and Purpose:
Unrecognized and untreated foot ulcers in patients with diabetes can result in a lower extremity amputation (LEA), which may lead to high mortality, increased medical costs and reduced quality of life. In fact, Medicare claims data is showing a rising number of LEA procedures. Dr. David Lonbaken specializes in salvaging limbs and will share best practices for ensuring proper foot care to prevent complications. In addition, the webinar will feature a personal story emphasizing the importance of screening and personal foot care.
David Lonbaken, DPM FACFAS – Avera Medical Group Pierre
Dr. Lonbaken cares for all bone, joint and muscle health concerns of the feet and ankles and has 27 years experience in diabetic foot surgery. He has a limb salvage program, which specializes on treating high-risk wounds and infections, at Avera St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre, SD, as well as the Cheyenne River, Crow Creek and Rosebud reservations.
Lisa Thorp, BSN, RN, CDE – Great Plains QIN – ND
Lisa Thorp has over 20 years of nursing experience from Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Clinic settings including supervisory roles. She has been cross-trained in a variety of departments and is a Certified Diabetes Educator.
Healthcare professionals in all facility settings engaged in the care and treatment of individuals diagnosed with diabetes.
Upon completion of the WebEx, participants will be able to:
- Identify patients at high-risk for lower extremity amputation
- Determine when and where to refer at-risk patients
- Understand the etiology and treatment options for different types of DM wounds and osteomyelitis
- Review the essential “do’s and don’ts” for diabetic foot/wound care
Denise Kolba, RN, MS, CNS