Description: This guide to the assessment of patients with wounds and the environmental and social factors that influence the healing process contains 13 chapters plus advanced case studies.
Purpose: The book provides up-to-date wound care information for healthcare professionals, thereby optimizing wound outcomes for patients and the purchasers of nurses' services. This, indeed, is a worthy objective, as wounds are one of the most expensive problems in healthcare, affecting all specialties and settings.
Audience: Practitioners and students in all specialties and settings (hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, and home care) comprise the intended audience for the text.
Features: General features include enhancing color art and photographs, implications for practice, self-assessment questions, and case studies. The text's design is visually appealing, maintaining an appropriate balance between headings, text, figures, and tables. The advanced case studies following the final chapter will challenge even the most experienced practitioner.
Assessment: The rapid advances associated with the management of chronic wounds demand changes in our practice and a new understanding of wound care. The book meets each of these demands and should be a part of every practitioner's personal collection as well as among the holdings of every library and bookstore. The authors challenge traditional ideas on treating wounds and shift the emphasis from the wound itself to assessment of the patient with a wound. They acknowledge the prevailing effects of chronic wounds on patients' quality of life and acknowledge the importance of quality assurance activities in the management of patients with wounds. Finally, the extensively revised chapters on wound healing, wound infection, wound cleansing, and dressing selection and the new chapters on nutrition and the dermatologic aspects of wound and skin care offer enough new information to justify replacing the previous edition.