Diabetes and Wound Healing Pathophysiology: An Update on the Safety of Growth Factor-based Therapy for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

Diabetes and Wound Healing Pathophysiology: An Update on the Safety of Growth Factor-based Therapy for Diabetic Foot Ulcers

On-Demand Webcast

Lawrence Lavery, DPM, MPH
Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Dallas, Texas

Michael Maier, DPM, FACCWS
Staff, Vascular Medicine
Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland, Ohio

Donald Miller, Sc.D
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Public Health
Director of Research
Center for the Assessment of Pharmaceutical Practices
Boston University
Boston, Massachusetts

Susie Seaman, MSN, NP, CWOCN
Nurse Practicioner/Wound Specialist
Infectious Disease Consultants/San Diego Infusion Center
La Jolla, California

Intended Learners

This activity is designed for physicians, pharmacists, podiatrists, physical therapists, and nurses who treat patients with chronic wounds.

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, participants should be able to:

•    Review the physiology and pathophysiology of wound healing in diabetes
•    Summarize keys to the diagnostic workup for patients with diabetic foot ulcers
•    Examine the role of growth factor therapy as an evidence-based biologic therapy for treating diabetic foot ulcers
•    Summarize late-breaking safety data on adjunctive therapy based on PDGF to diabetic foot ulcer healing
•    Employ basic tenets of proper clinical, patient-centered care in the management of diabetic foot ulcers

Activity Overview

This on-demand webcast is available with synchronized slides and video.

To be eligible for documentation of credit, participants must complete the educational activity, complete the 10-question online post-test with a score of 70% or better, and complete the evaluation form.

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Participants who have successfully completed the live version of this activity are not eligible to receive credit for this enduring material.

Release date: October 23, 2015

Expiration date: December 31, 2019

Estimated time to complete: 1 hour


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Independent clinical reviewer: Alan Dardik, MD, PhD, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Nurse planner: Susie Seaman, NP, Sharp Rees-Stealy Wound Clinic, San Diego, CA

Planning Committee

The planning committee comprises Alan Dardik, MD, PhD, Lawrence Lavery, DPM, MPH, Michael Maier, DPM, FACCWS, Donald Miller, Sc.D, Susie Seaman, MSN, NP, CWOCN; and Kristin Ciszeski, Tiffney Oliver, Randy Robbin, John Savage and Sydney Turner, NACCME.

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The faculty has reported the following:

Dr. Lavery: Research/Grant Support—Osiris, Macrocure, ThermoTek, Integra, Glaxo Smith & Kline, KCI, Cardinal, Dipexium; Speakers’ Bureau—Osiris, Integra, PamLabs, Smith & Nephew, Inc; Consultant—KCI, PamLabs, Innovacyn; Stock Ownership—Prizm Medical

Dr. Maier: Speaker panel—Smith & Nephew, Inc.

Ms. Seaman: Scientific advisor—Smith & Nephew, Inc., Promotional Speakers’ Bureau—Smith & Nephew, Inc.

Dr. Dardik and Dr. Miller have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

Ms. Ciszeski, Ms. Oliver, Mr. Robbin, Mr. Savage and Ms. Turner have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial interests.

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Grant Support

Supported by an educational grant from Smith & Nephew, Inc.