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Limb Salvage Program - Introduction to Ankle Brachial Index Testing (ABI)
No charge for this activity.

Limb Salvage Program

Introduction to Ankle Brachial Index (ABI) Testing

Streamed video
Step-by-Step guide

Additional course available - Introduction to the Wound, Ischemia, foot Infection (WIfI) Scoring Tool

There is no fee for this activity.

Updated activity approved: February 1, 2020
CME Expires: January 31, 2023

Target Audience
This course is designed for anyone who wishes to learn more about diagnosis and treating patients with lower extremity ulcers. This includes students, medical assistants, nursing staff, and physicians. 

The two components of the limb salvage education module are designed to train those who care for patients with lower extremity wounds and allow them to quickly understand if patients need a procedure to improve blood flow in order to heal these wounds. The ankle brachial index course provides a comprehensive overview of how the ABI test is done, billing and wave form analysis.  The WIfI course allows for incorporation of the ABI with the physical exam to help providers understand the potential for wound healing and if improvement in blood flow is needed. This information allows patients to then understand their risk of limb loss at the first visit. 


ABI - Participants will be able to determine if a lower extremity wound is related to decreased blood flow and recommend the next steps in management. 


Learning Objectives

Introduction to Ankle Brachial Index Testing

At the end of this module, the learners will be able to:

  1. Proficiently perform the ABI measurement
  2. Describe how to interpret the ABI test
  3. Identify pitfalls of the test and how to avoid these
  4. Discuss what can be done to improve the ABI


Test and Evaluation Questions
Participation is accomplished through self-directed viewing of the web-based material. CME credit is obtained upon completion of the program content, passing the test with 80% or better and submission of the program evaluation. An electronic CME certificate will be available after successfully completing the evaluation. Please be patient while certificate is processing, system will need to refresh your test score and results. This CME course should take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Receipt of Credit
Once you have completed the course, test and evaluation, you will receive your Statement of Credit and your "My Transcript" page will be updated to reflect the credits earned along with a link to a printable version of the official certificate for that course. You may then submit this certificate to the appropriate accrediting body.

The University of California, Davis, Health is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of California, Davis, Health designates this Enduring Material for a maximum of 0.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

For the purpose of recertification, the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™ issued by organizations accredited by the ACCME. 

Physician Assistants 
Physician Assistants may claim a maximum of 0.75 Category 1 credits for completing this activity. The National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) accepts AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society.


Course Chair
Misty D. Humphries, MD, MAS, RPVI, FACS

Content Reviewer
Olivia Rapozo
Edward Ronningen
Janet Wells

All have reported that they have no conflicts of interest.

 If you have any questions please email or phone (916) 734-5352.

Type:     Internet Activity (Enduring Material)
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