Networking & Educational Seminar
for Lymphedema Therapists
Washington University
St. Louis, MO
June 3-5, 2016

Friday, June 3 - Sunday noon, June 5, 2016

2:00-5:30 p.m.: Optional Pre-Seminar Workshop (3.0 contact hours)
5:30 - 8:00 p.m: Hors D'oeuvres & Wine Reception/ Exhibits/ Demos/ Registration

8:00 a.m. through 6:15 p.m.

8:00 a.m. through 12:00 p.m.

Washington University School of Medicine
Room 6700
4444 Forest Park Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63108

Sheila H. Ridner, PhD, RN, FAAN: "Research Update on Head & Neck Lymphedema"
Paula Stewart, MD, MS, CLT-LANA: "Treating the Medically Complex Lymphedema Patient"
Jan Weiss, PT, DHS, CLT-LANA: "Update on the Lymphedema Life Impact Scale"
Shoosh Lettick Crotzer, MS: "Yoga for Lymphedema"
Suzie Ehmann, PT, DPT, CWS, CLT-LANA: "Wound Care for Lymphedema"
Leslyn Keith, OTD, OTR/L, CLT-LANA: "Obesity & Lymphedema: Breaking the Cycle" and Moderator of Networking Sessions

CONTACT HOURS: 10 (or 13 with Optional Friday Workshop)
Lymphedema Seminars is an Approved Provider #8208 for Continuing Education by the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA). We were also approved for CEUs for PTs by the Missouri Physical Therapy Association.

Participants learned to:

  • Understand basic anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system
  • Understand history and theory, and functions and properties of elastic tape
  • Understand the principles of tape applications: cuts, tension, application and removal
  • Understand indications and contraindications for the application of elastic tape
  • Demonstrate application of elastic taping techniques for correction of swelling and soft tissue mobility, lymphedema, scar management and fascia and fibrosis correction
  • Identify risk factors for Head & Neck Lymphedema
  • Name at least 3 measurement methods for Head & Neck Lymphedema
  • Describe physical and psychosocial symptoms associated with Head & Neck Lymphedema
  • Identify the implications for an evidence-based treatment approach to Head & Neck Lymphedema
  • Understand the role malnutrition has in edema and how this differs from Lymphedema
  • Recognize how the low protein edema of CHF and renal failure differ from Lymphedema
  • Understand when to treat or not treat the patient with Lymphedema and metastatic disease
  • Discuss the newest changes and research updates to the Lymphedema Life Impact Scale (LLIS)
  • Understand the usefulness of the Lymphedema LLIS in clinical practice, documentation, and research
  • Contribute to lymphedema research by participating in the validation process of the LLIS
  • Understand how adapted yoga can be beneficial for quality of life for those with lymphedema
  • Identify the specific yoga poses that are beneficial for improving lymphatic flow
  • Apply the adapted yoga poses into a specific sequence
  • Brainstorm and discuss methods and alternatives for various aspects of lymphedema treatment in a round table discussion
  • Develop resources and networking connections with other lymphedema therapists
  • Develop problem-solving and clinical reasoning skills for advanced level lymphedema treatment through interactive discussion with other lymphedema therapists
  • Identify etiology and clinical presentation of major types of chronic non-healing wounds (arterial, venous, neuropathic, and atypical wound differential diagnosis) and be able to appropriately document findings
  • Demonstrate basic principles of moist wound healing
  • Compare and critique the continuum of wound care products currently available including, but not limited to, topical dressings and compression systems
  • Identify the links between obesity and lymphedema
  • Understand the mechanisms that result in adipose proliferation in the presence of lymph
  • Recognize the benefits and superiority of a ketogenic diet for weight loss and health
  • Recognize the urgency of addressing weight management in a comprehensive lymphedema program
  • Discuss an evidence-based program and results of a research study