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Differentiating Arterial vs. Venous Ulcers

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Course Overview

Differentiating Arterial vs. Venous Ulcers

Author: Carlana Coogle

This learning module will discuss the three most common types of leg/foot ulcers: venous stasis ulcers, neurotrophic (diabetic), and arterial (ischemic ulcers). Additionally, we will cover the main differences between arterial vs. venous ulcers, as this can become quite confusing at times. Following, we will review the circulatory system’s pathophysiology, ensuring an understanding of blood flow and the vital role arteries and veins have on circulation. Lastly, we will discuss the presentations of each type, the common causes, risk factors, generalized treatments, and patient education. 

Course Outline

  1. Introduction 
  2. Circulatory Pathophysiology Review 
  3. Venous Stasis Ulcers
  4. Arterial (Ischemic) Ulcers 
  5. Neurotrophic (Diabetic) Ulcers 
  6. Diagnostic Tests for Ulcers 
  7. Non-Diagnostics for Ulcers 
  8. Conclusion 
  9. References 

Accreditation Statement

Nursing CE Central is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

In this course we will discuss arterial, venous, and neurotrophic ulcers. It will take the average learner 90 minutes to complete.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, the learner will be able to:

  1. Identify one assessment which would be different between a venous, arterial and neurotrophic ulcer.   
  2. Explain the reason for the pain associated with arterial ulcers. 
  3. Identify the most common etiology associated with neurotrophic ulcers. 
  4. Name two diagnostic tests used for further evaluation of ulcers. 

Target Audience

  • Registered Nurses (RN)
  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRN)
  • Licensed Practical Nurses (LPN/LVN)

Requirement for Completion

  1. Enrollment in the course by the learner
  2. Read and learn all course materials
  3. Complete the course evaluation
  4. Attest and testify learning of the course materials

Accreditations + Approvals

  • American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) (P0614)
  • California Board of Registered Nursing (CEP 17418)
  • Kentucky Board of Nursing (7-0090)
  • Louisiana State Board of Nursing (58)
  • New York State Department of Education (IC 208)
  • Florida Board of Nursing (50-23983)

Conflict of Interest Statement

Nursing CE Central nor any of the authors, planners, content experts or any contributors have a commercial interest nor were influenced by commercial interests in the creation of this course, financially or otherwise.

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Course created on: June 25, 2021

Course Expires on: June 25, 2024

Course Offering: #98