Managing Lymphedema Wounds, 3/25/2024


About the Course:
Lymphedema is a condition of tissue swelling caused by a compromised lymphatic system. The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs that help rid the body of toxins, waste, and other unwanted materials. As a result, tissues with lymphedema are at high risk of infection and wounds. However, managing lymphedema wounds can be difficult for clinicians as there are concerns about the development of infections. Wound care performed on regions of the body with lymphedema also present their own set of challenges.

This course describes the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system in relation to risks for developing wounds. The presenter identifies how to differentiate between edema and lymphedema. Additionally, this course addresses the different types and stages of wounds commonly occurring in patients living with lymphedema. Finally, this course outlines wound management interventions for people living with lymphedema.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify the background, anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system
  • Recognize risk factors and different types and stages of wounds commonly occurring in patients living with lymphedema
  • Select wound management interventions
  • Identify case examples of people living with lymphedema and/or wounds

About the Author:
Neely Sullivan, MPT, CLT-LANA, CDP has worked with diverse client populations ranging from pediatric to geriatric in a variety of clinical settings. These experiences and multiple courses on the topic have allowed her to treat and develop client care programs for clients living with these conditions. She has served in multiple levels of regional and corporate management positions. In these positions, Neely has developed policies and worked closely with interdisciplinary teams to ensure that clients living with lymphedema and/or wounds have opportunity to attain their highest level of function and quality of life. She is a certified lymphedema therapist and has most recently been responsible for the identification, implementation and evaluation of clinical programs in long-term care settings.  Neely currently provides educational support to 12,000+ therapists nationwide as Director of Education for Select Rehabilitation. Neely has lectured nationally and at the state level on the topics of Lymphedema Management, Documentation, Wound Care Management, and The Role of Rehabilitation with the LTC Client. She has authored publications focusing on edema and lymphedema management. Neely conducts audits, quality improvement planning, and clinical training to Select Rehabilitation employees and customers monthly. She is a member of the APTA including the Clinical Electrophysiology and Wound Management section and Geriatric section. 

How to Receive Credit  

  • View the entire recording which requires a 2-hour commitment of time.
  • After completion of the course, complete the final examination. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning outcomes as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.  
  • Note to Nursing professionals: Depending on your state requirements, you will be asked to either affirm that you have completed the course, or you will be required to complete the Post-test included in the course.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.

Resolution of Conflict of Interest
Colibri Healthcare, LLC implemented mechanisms prior to the planning and implementation of the continuing education activity, to identify and resolve conflicts of interest for all individuals in a position to control content of the course activity.