Principles of Skin Care: A Guide for Nurses and Health Care Practitioners
May 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
Divided into two sections, the book first takes a look at the fundamental principles of skin management, addressing the core nursing issues relevant across the board of dermatological care. The second section covers the dermatological conditions most commonly seen in practice, including psoriasis, eczema, and acne. It also explores the principles of illness management, describing disease processes and enabling health care practitioners to work effectively with patients to choose the best treatment available for their condition.
Explores the essential principles of skin care and their application to clinical management
Written by renowned experts in the field
Full colour illustrations throughout
Evidence-based with extensive referencing
Chapter 1 Introduction.
What is skin?
What is in this book.
Part 1 Fundamental principles of managing the skin.
Chapter 2 Biology of the skin.
Functions of the skin.
Skin and ageing.
Chapter 3 Assessment and planning care.
Chapter 4 Protecting the skin and preventing breakdown.
The concept of skin vulnerability.
What causes skin breakdown?
Nursing intervention to support behavioural change (prevention) in relation to sun exposure.
Nutrition to support skin integrity.
Preventing skin damage by scratching.
Chapter 5 Emollients.
Constituents of emollients.
Potential side effects.
How emollients work?
Considerations that will effect how patients use emollients.
Chapter 6 Psychological and social aspects of skin care.
Chapter 7 Helping patients make the most of their treatment.
Self-management and patient support.
The challenge of promoting treatment adherence.
Prescribing skin-related products and opportunities for medicines education.
Part 2 Principles of illness management.
Chapter 8 Psoriasis.
History of psoriasis.
Who gets psoriasis?
Biology of psoriasis.
Comorbidities associated with psoriasis.
Clinical variants of psoriasis.
Physical symptoms that accompany psoriasis.
Trigger factors in psoriasis.
Treatments for psoriasis.
Measuring quality of life.
Chapter 9 Eczema.
What is eczema?
What is eczema commonly mistaken for?
Eczema severity assessment.
Caring for children with eczema.
Other forms of eczema in adulthood.
Treatment options for eczema.
Chapter 10 Acne.
What is acne?
Who gets acne and distribution.
Chapter 11 Skin cancer and its prevention.
Skin cancer epidemiology: the scale of the problem.
Pre-malignant skin lesions.
Non-melanoma skin lesions.
Introduction to melanoma.
Causation, risk prevention and early detection.
Nursing intervention and promoting self-examination.
Chapter 12 Infective skin conditions and infestations.
Bacterial skin infections.
Chapter 13 Less common skin conditions.
Connective tissue disorders.
Primary cutaneous T-cell lymphomas.
Appendix 1 – The psoriasis area severity index (PASI).
Appendix 2 – The SCORAD index.
Appendix 3 – Examples of emollients with excipients.
Professor Steven J. Ersser is Chair in Nursing Development and Skin Care Research at Bournemouth University and Director of the Centre for Wellbeing & Quality of Life. He is a Founder & Inaugural Chair of the International Skin-care Nursing Group. He is widely published and is Research Consultant to the Dermatology Nursing Journal (USA) and was co-founder of the Journal of Clinical Nursing and a Visiting Professor of Nursing at the University of Southampton. He has worked in the Oxford and Southampton Departments of Dermatology. Steven has also been a recipient of the Stone Award by the BDNG.