This book is a user-friendly, real-world guide to assessing and managing any type of wound. The author presents vital information for nurses and nursing students who provide wound care in any setting...a wonderful resource for nurses."--The AORN Journal (Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses)
Wound care is arguably the single most difficult topic in medicine. It has no defined solution like insulin for the diabetic...no easy strategy that covers all wounds...we are so tremendously blessed when [a wound care specialist] like Zelia carves out time to capture a career of experiences in text so that it can be shared with others. We are indebted to her for making this important contribution to the clinician's armament for dealing with [the] difficult-to-heal wounds of their patients.
Bruce Gibbins, PhD
Founder, Chief Technical Officer and Chairman of the Board of AcryMed, Inc.
Former faculty at the University of Otago Medical School
Using the concise, compact Fast Facts format, this guide encompasses the multitude of new healing technologies and presents important breakthroughs in understanding why some wounds don't heal. Each chapter builds, step-by-step, on the essential principles of wound care including wound assessment and documentation, the spectrum of wounds from simple to complex, wound treatment guidelines and protocols, and the legal aspects and regulations surrounding wound care. This user-friendly guide organizes the vast amount of information relating to wound care products and eases the complexity of wound management.
A Fast Facts in a Nutshell section in each chapter provides quick access to important wound care principles, and bullet-point information and tables enable readers to quickly locate relevant information. This guide will be a useful companion in the day-to-day care of wound patients, reinforcing knowledge needed in all practice settings, including acute care, critical care, long-term care, home care, operating room, and outpatient settings. Key Features:
- Organizes and simplifies a vast amount of wound care information into a compact, user-friendly format
- Addresses wound care assessment, protocol, and treatment of the spectrum of wounds from simple to complex for all levels of practitioners
- Encompasses new healing technologies and information regarding difficult-to-heal wounds
- Presents comprehensive wound care algorithms, dressings, debridement procedures, ostomy care, optimal surface and equipment for wound patients, and adjunctive therapies