Contact Hours: 3
Target Audience: Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapist Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Athletic Trainers and Massage Therapists.
Instructional Level: Advanced
Course Type: Seminar-On-Demand
The course materials for this Seminar-on-Demand are available in our online format available instantly or by mail.
The goal of lymphedema therapy is to restore function, reduce physical and psychologic suffering, and prevent the development of infection. Without the beneficial support provided by compression garments and/or bandages, lymphedema therapy treatment wouldn't exist. It is helpful for the clinician to have a full understanding of how compression succeeds with limb reduction and how they complement each other in the successful lymphedema training and treatment.
This course focuses on the basic uses of compression therapy, primarily in relation to lymphedema. Professionals are instructed on identifying the lymphatic system and it’s components and learn to recognize indications and contraindications for compression therapy. Carmen also covers the basics of lymphedema, compression garments and compression bandaging techniques as well as identifying other modalities that can be used in the treatment of lymphedema.
This Seminar-On-Demand is 3 contact hours in length (check your state's approval status in the state specific course catalog for your profession).
- Lymphatic System: What does it do? Indication for Therapy, Purpose, Goal
- Starling’s Law
- Basic Principles of Compression Bandaging
- Law of Laplace Video Lab Demonstration
- Compression Modes of Action
- Compression Bandaging & Supplies
- Adhesive Properties Materials
- Products Related to the Treatment of Lymphedema: Stocking Donner & Cleaners,
- Compression Wrap, Lotions/Ointments
- Products Video Lab Demonstration
- Practical Instructions
- Steps to Creating the Cone Shaped Limb
- Finger and Toe Wrapping
- Compression Bandaging for the Upper Arm Extremity Video Lab Demonstration
- Compression Bandaging for the Lower & Upper Leg Extremity Video Lab Demonstration
- Other Modalities for Lymphedema
- Treatment of Radiated Tissue, Trunk Lymphedema, and Other Options
- General Overview of Compression Bandaging
- Compression Stockings: Prescription, Measurement, Replacement, Putting on the Stockings,
- Documentation, Billing Codes
- Case Studies
This course is intended to instruct the professional through a self-paced study on the basic uses of compression therapy in relation to lymphedema.
At the end of this course the professional will be able to:
- Identify the lymphatic system and its components.
- Recognize the indications and three contraindications for compression therapy.
- Identify four characteristics of stage one lymphedema.
- Define pressure gradient.
- Differentiate between garments used for compression therapy.
- Recognize three other modalities that can be used for lymphedema.
- Identify proper compression bandaging applications and three prescriptions for a compression garment.
- Identify guidelines and needs for replacement of compression garments.
Criteria for Completion:
A score of 70% or more is considered passing. Scores of less than 70% indicate a failure to understand the material and the test will need to be taken again until a passing score has been achieved.
The participant will have 1 year from date of purchase or until the course expiration date to complete this course, whichever comes first.
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About Carmen Thompson, BS, LPTA, CMT, CLT
Carmen Thompson earned a Bachelor of Science in Health Care Management, an Associate of Science in Physical Therapy and is a practicing Licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and Certified Massage Therapist, with a specialty certification in lymphatic therapy. Having completed a 140-hour certification course in Manual Lymphatic Drainage and Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy through the Upledger Institute, she now teaches lymphatic pathology treatment methods and MLD/CDP therapy nationwide.
Carmen educates professionals at the local and state level on the prevention and management of lymphedema in cancer patients and on developing lymphedema programs in acute care and sub-acute care.