RST CE Seminars

5th Virtual Grand Rounds, “Basics of Tissue Integrity Management for Individuals with Polytrauma”

Recorded June 14, 2010

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Mary Jo Geyer, PT, PhD, FCCWS, CLT-LANA, C.Ped

Dr. Geyer is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh in the Rehabilitation Science & Technology Department. She is a well-known speaker and has presented at numerous national and international meetings on wound and/or lymphedema management over the past 15 years. She also served several years as a representative to, and later as a member of, the Board of Directors of the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP). In addition to her research, she teaches the management of disorders of the cardiovascular, pulmonary and integumentary systems to doctor of physical therapy students at Chatham University. She is a consultant to the Lymphatic Filariasis NGDO Network; chairs the Steering Committee of the AAWC-HVO Global Alliance and is one of the chief architects of the WHO Global Initiative on Wound & Lymphedema Care. She also served as Director of Edema and Wound Management Services and Research for the VA Pittsburgh Healthcare System. Her publications and research interests focus on tissue physiological and biomechanical responses to interventions in wounds & lymphedema. International health worker training in wound and lymphedema care and the development of related technologies are among her most current interests: a lymphedema training project in southern India, an international training workshop for therapeutic footwear in Mali, and a WHO wound & lymphedema training project in Ghana.

Note: Faculty for this activity have been required to disclose all relationships with any proprietary entity producing health care goods or services, with the exemption of nonprofit or government organizations and non-healthcare related companies.

* No conflicts have been disclosed.

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Whether the concern is healing from acute tissue trauma or preventing secondary complications of chronic disease, maintaining tissue integrity is a critical aspect of care that requires interdisciplinary cooperation in order to achieve success. Secondary complications such as wounds, edema, infections and their sequelae are the primary mechanisms responsible for increased morbidity, disability and premature death in individuals with disabling conditions. This presentation is designed to introduce the practitioner/clinician to the basic principles of life-long tissue integrity management for individuals with polytrauma.


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Learning objectives:

Upon attending this seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Explain the relevance of optimizing the patient’s health status to the process of tissue healing and the challenges faced in this regard by the polytrauma patient
  • Recognize the underlying causes of chronic wounds and edema
  • Explain the components of evidence-based methods to optimize the wound bed and local wound environment
  • Understand the importance of addressing patient and family concerns and the components of good follow-up care


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CEU Registration and Program Cost

0.15 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be awarded to individuals for attending 1.5 hours of instruction.

Cost: $59

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The University of Pittsburgh, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences awards Continuing Education Units to individuals who enroll in certain educational activities. The CEU is designated to give recognition to individuals who continue their education in order to keep up-to-date in their profession. (One CEU is equivalent to 10 hours of participation in an organized continuing education activity). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.

The University of Pittsburgh is certifying the educational contact hours of this program and by doing so is in no way endorsing any specific content, company, or product. The information presented in this program may represent only a sample of appropriate interventions. ). Each person should claim only those hours of credit that he or she actually spent in the educational activity.


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