This course teaches practicing lymphedema therapists the knowledge and skills necessary to manage lymphedema-associated wounds as part of their Complete Decongestive Therapy (CDT) treatment plan. A thorough review of the pathophysiology of wounds and the impact of edema on chronic wounds, specifically wounds resulting from chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), is provided.
- Classify wounds based on tissue loss and understand the stages of wound healing
- Understand the impact of edema on wound healing
- Understand the influence of wound fluids and growth factors on healing
- Understand the pathophysiology of CVI wounds and list current wound onset theories
- Identify wound etiologies and determine appropriate treatment interventions
- Describe an environment conducive to healing
- Choose appropriate wound documentation options
- Utilize lab tests and vascular test results for making wound care decisions
- Identify signs and symptoms of inflammation vs. infection
- Perform screening tests to evaluate the potential for healing and identify patients who would benefit from a referral to a specialist
- Select appropriate debridement options
- Select therapeutic modalities to assist in wound debridement, decrease bacterial burden, and facilitate cell migration
- Select appropriate topicals and dressings to facilitate a wound-healing environment
Jan moved to Springfield, Missouri in 1994 to continue her career in physical therapy in Outpatient Rehabilitation at CoxHealth. After receiving her MLD/CDT certification in 1996, she established the Lymphedema Clinic at Cox and until her retirement in 2019, served as the Lymphedema Resource Therapist for her hospital, while treating a variety of patients with edema and lymphedema.
Her professional interests include clinical research and teaching. She has presented studies at national and international lymphedema conferences, has taught for Klose Training since 2000, and is on the physical therapy faculty at Missouri State University. Professional accomplishments include developing the Lymphedema Life Impact Scale (LLIS), a validated quality-of-life outcome measure used in clinics across the country. Additionally, she has authored and co-authored numerous research articles in the field of lymphedema.
Jan received her CLT-LANA certification in October 2001 and served on the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA) Board of Directors from 2003-2009.
- American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
- National Lymphedema Network (NLN)
- International Society of Lymphology (ISL)
- Lymphology Association of North America (LANA)
NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the skills acquired in this class are within their scope of practice.
To receive a Certificate of Completion, the student must be a licensed health care professional and watch all video portions of the course, pass an online quiz with a score of 80% or better, and return the required documents specified in the course. The Certificate will then be emailed to the student.