Goal and Learning Outcomes
The goal of this continuing education module is to familiarize healthcare providers with the current understanding of complex regional pain syndrome, a chronic pain condition characterized by prolonged, excessive pain and changes in skin color, temperature, or swelling in the affected area. Of the subtypes, CRPS type 1 is distinguished from CRPS type 2 in that no nerve lesion or anomaly on routine testing is found, and excessive pain is not explained by the mechanism of injury. Thus, patients with CRPS-1 may be misdiagnosed, labeled, or untreated. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
- Describe the diagnostic criteria for CRPS-1
- Develop an integrated interdisciplinary treatment plan for a patient with CRPS-1
- List three ways healthcare professionals can improve the quality of life for patients with CRPS-1
Paul Arnstein, RN, PhD, FAAN, discloses that he receives consulting fees as a member of the clinical advisory board and consultant panels for Sterling Labs, AstraZeneca, Zogenix, Jannsen, Purdue and Mallinckrodt.
Please note: The Orthopaedic Nurses Certification Board has designated this educational activity to receive 1.0 contact hour in Category A and 0 contact hours in Category B toward recertification.
In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.
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