Dealing with Lymphedema of the Head and Neck


Audience: PT, PTA, OT, COTA (must be a certified lymphedema therapist and have had 135 hours of training that meets the standards set by LANA)
Course Level: Intermediate level for lymphedema therapist
Date: November 1, 2014
Check in time: 8:30-9 am
Course time: 9-6 pm
Location: Fairview Southdale Hospital. International Rooms A and B
6401 France Ave. S. Edina, MN 55435

Course Fee: $215

Contact Hours: 7.75

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DeCourcy Squire, PT, CLT-LANA, ALT, CI-CS,
Physical therapist since 1990 (University of Maryland at Baltimore)
DeCourcy took her first lymphedema course in 1992 and since that time has taken numerous courses, have been certified in CDT at the Foldi Clinic in Germany and in Complex Lymphatic Therapy (the Casley-Smith method) in Australia; became a certified instructor in the Casley-Smith method in 1998. Have worked in/help initiate or develop lymphedema programs at Nebraska Methodist Hospital in Omaha, NE; University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics in Minneapolis/Fairview University Medical Center; briefly at a private lymphedema clinic, The Lymphedema Treatment Center in the Atlanta area, and then at Piedmont Hospital, also in Atlanta. In 2012 I moved back to Minneapolis and started the lymphedema program at HCMC. I have been involved in a number of lymphedema activities,including leading workshops at National Lymphedema Network conferences, presenting at the International Lymphology Society Congress and the International Lymphedema Framework Conference, teaching lymphedema management in Haiti, co-authoring a systematic review of literature on CDT (published in PMR in Aug. 2012), being on the board of a patient lymphedema advocacy group in Atlanta, and being on the board of the Lymphology Association of North America (LANA).

Course description
If you are a lymphedema therapist who has been confronted with a patient with head or neck edema and have not been sure where to start or what the best treatment options are or if you are looking for ideas for better outcomes with the head and neck patients you have, this course gives practical approaches to evaluating head and neck edema, choosing or devising compression options, teaching skin care/precautions, creating an effective exercise program, and performing manual lymph drainage and other manual therapies. This is also an opportunity to share your creative ideas and problem solve with other lymphedema therapists.

At the end of the course, the participant will

  • have an understanding of the basic lymphatic anatomy of the head and neck
  • be able to name different etiologies and complications of head and neck lymphedema
  • know how to evaluate and stage the swelling
  • be able to instruct a patient with head and neck lymphedema in skin care, precautions, and an exercise program
  • be able to devise an appropriate compression item
  • be aware of commercial compression options
  • be able to choose an effective MLD sequence and to instruct the patient in self-MLD

8:30-9 am                            Registration
9-10:15 am                          Anatomy of head and neck; etiologies of head and neck lymphedema; 
10:15-10:30 am                  BREAK            
10:30-11:30 am                  Evaluating and staging head and neck lymphedema; red flags
11:30 am-12:30 pm                  Compression masks
12:30-1:15 pm                     LUNCH
1:15-3 pm                             Manual lymph drainage and other manual techniques
3-3:15 pm                             BREAK
3:15-4:15 pm                       Compression options for during treatment
4:15-5 pm                             Exercises for head and neck edema
5-5:30 pm                            Going over skin care and precautions
5:30-6 pm                            Problem solving

This course is eligible for American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Approved Provider credit. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products or clinical procedures by AOTA.

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