Foot Care for Older Adults Routine foot and nail care for older adults is critical but requires special attention because of the various risks involved. This course will discuss strategies for routine foot care with a focus on assessment, proper interventions and referrals, when necessary.
The Fungus Among Us As a certified foot care nurse, you'll encounter your fair share of fungal toenails. In addition to being able to identify and treat the problem, foot care nurses need to be able to understand nail physiology to accurately chart and notate, identify conditions that commonly mimic nail fungus and know when to refer patients out.
Essentials of Wound Care A a foot care nurse, you'll be able to provide patients with invaluable front-line assessments, treatments and advice. Some wound care will be well within the scope of your practice, including proper cleansing, wound moisture management and debridement. After you've watched this video, you will understand the healing process and how to identify potential hurdles early on, how to address swelling from fluid retention, how to restore moisture to dry wounds and more.
High Risk Foot Exams Many of your patients will fall into the "high-risk" category for routine foot care; elderly patients, those with diabetes, venous insufficiency and other chronic illnesses. Learn the difference between routine and advanced foot care, how to identify high-risk patients and how to perform conservative foot care for those who need it.
Gait Exams The gait cycle is a predictable pattern and as nurses, we can learn a lot from observing our patients walking. An abnormal gait pattern may indicate problems with foot wear, pain or chronic disease. As a foot care nurse, you'll be the first line of defense for seniors who are at risk for developing complications that can result in a decreased quality of life. Learn how to use gait examination to help patients get the right treatment sooner.
Case Studies Dr. Julia will examine a series of complex foot cases, which have been submitted by nurses for further review after treatment was provided. We will learn whether treatment was appropriate and adequate, and discuss what further interventions may be required.