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Principles of Skin Care: A Guide for Nurses and Health Care Practitioners

ISBN: 978-1-4051-7087-1
296 pages
May 2010, Wiley-Blackwell
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Principles of Skin Care is a practical, evidence-based guide to the principles of skin management and skin health. Broader than a dermatology book, this text focuses on the generic components of helping patients with skin conditions and exploring the underlying evidence base. It provides practitioners with the skills and information needed to become competent in caring for the skin, preventing skin breakdown, managing patients with common skin conditions and helping patients cope with the psychological impact of skin problems.
 
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.

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  • 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
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Acknowledgements.

Chapter 1 Introduction.

What is skin?

Skin health.

What is in this book.

Conclusion.

References.

Part 1 Fundamental principles of managing the skin.

Chapter 2 Biology of the skin.

Introduction.

Skin structure.

Functions of the skin.

Skin and ageing.

Conclusion.

References.

Chapter 3 Assessment and planning care.

Introduction.

Assessment.

Planning care.

Intervention.

Evaluation.

Conclusion.

References.

Chapter 4 Protecting the skin and preventing breakdown.

Introduction.

The concept of skin vulnerability.

What causes skin breakdown?

Preventative practices.

Nursing intervention to support behavioural change (prevention) in relation to sun exposure.

Nutrition to support skin integrity.

Preventing skin damage by scratching.

Conclusion.

References.

Chapter 5 Emollients.

Introduction.

Definition.

Constituents of emollients.

Potential side effects.

Emollient formulations.

How emollients work?

Considerations that will effect how patients use emollients.

Conclusion.

References.

Chapter 6 Psychological and social aspects of skin care.

Introduction.

Social impacts.

Psychological impact.

Nursing interventions.

Conclusion.

References 100

Chapter 7 Helping patients make the most of their treatment.

Introduction.

Self-management and patient support.

The challenge of promoting treatment adherence.

Prescribing skin-related products and opportunities for medicines education.

Conclusion.

References.

Part 2 Principles of illness management.

Chapter 8 Psoriasis.

Introduction.

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.

Conclusion.

References.

Chapter 9 Eczema.

Introduction.

What is eczema?

Atopic eczema.

What is eczema commonly mistaken for?

Eczema severity assessment.

Caring for children with eczema.

Other forms of eczema in adulthood.

Contact dermatitis.

Treatment options for eczema.

Conclusion.

References.

Chapter 10 Acne.

Introduction.

What is acne?

Who gets acne and distribution.

Treatments.

Psychological impact.

Conclusion.

References.

Chapter 11 Skin cancer and its prevention.

Introduction.

Skin cancer epidemiology: the scale of the problem.

Pre-malignant skin lesions.

Non-melanoma skin lesions.

Introduction to melanoma.

Surgery.

Causation, risk prevention and early detection.

Nursing intervention and promoting self-examination.

Conclusion.

References.

Chapter 12 Infective skin conditions and infestations.

Introduction.

Bacterial skin infections.

Viral infections.

Fungal infections.

Infestations.

Conclusion.

References.

Chapter 13 Less common skin conditions.

Introduction.

Blistering conditions.

Connective tissue disorders.

Drug reactions.

Lichen planus.

Pityriasis rosea.

Primary cutaneous T-cell lymphomas.

Rosacea.

Urticaria.

Vitiligo.

Conclusion.

References.

Appendices.

Appendix 1 – The psoriasis area severity index (PASI).

Appendix 2 – The SCORAD index.

Appendix 3 – Examples of emollients with excipients.

Index.

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Rebecca Penzer is a Community Dermatology Nurse Specialist for Norfolk Community Health and Care. She is co-editor of Dermatological Nursing (the journal of the British Dermatological Nursing Group, BDNG) and is a trustee of the Psoriasis Association. She is a founder of the International Skin Care Nursing Group and current secretary. Rebecca has been a recipient of the Stone Award by the BDNG for services to dermatological nursing.

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.

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  • 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
See More
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