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Wound Management

Wound Management

Carol Dealey

ISBN: 978-1-444-30943-0

Mar 2009, Wiley-Blackwell

208 pages



To the newly qualified or student nurse, wound management often appears a daunting prospect. Wound care is an introductory guide that addresses this vital area of practice and educates students and practitioners in the general principles of wound care, as well as the techniques associated with the assessment, planning and management of different wound aetiologies.

The authors begin by looking at key general principles including the physiology of wound healing and general principles of wound management, before going on to explore the management of both acute and chronic wounds, including leg ulcers, pressure ulcers and surgical wounds as well as care of peri-wound skin, pain management and quality of life issues. These vital aspects and principles of care are discussed within an up to date and evidence based context and provide the knowledge and skills necessary to enable the delivery of optimum patient wound care.

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Contributor vii

Introduction ix

1 Wound physiology 1

2 The epidemiology of acute and chronic wounds 16

3 Factors that delay wound healing 31

4 General principles of wound management 42

5 Assessment, planning and documentation 66

6 Care of the peri-wound skin 91

7 Management of wounds 112

8 Pain 151
Deborah Hofman

9 Quality of life 171

10 Using a systematic approach to managing a complex wound 183

Index 192

“This is a good reference for new practitioners and nurses new to wound management. It includes not only a discussion of wound care, but also the rationale or evidence base.” (Doody's Reviews, June 2009)
* Addresses all aspects of wound care
* Contains assessment forms for use in clinical practice
* Provides guidelines for optimum patient care
* Includes case studies for self assessment