Fast Facts for Wound Care Nursing: Practical Wound Management in a Nutshell

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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


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826107756
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/20/2011
  • Series: Fast Facts Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,526,233
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Zelia A. Kifer, RN, BSN, CWS served as a Advanced Wound and Skin Care Specialist (AWSCS) for Medline Industries, Inc. Zelia was one of the top-ranking AWSCS for Medline, helping to implement training for new sales representatives in the field, and establish Wound and Skin Care Protocols and Guidelines for a variety of hospital systems, long-term acute care facilities (LTAC's) and nursing homes. In addition, she served nationally and internationally as Medline's Burn Care Specialist and presented continuing education (CE Courses) on various topics in burn, wound, and skin care. She is board-certified as a Certified Wound Specialist (CWS). She is also a member of Sigma Theta Tau International and a member of the WOCN.
As a board-certified ABS (advanced burn specialist), Zelia worked as the ICU Burn Nurse, and then as the charge nurse responsible for the outpatient burn clinic and tank room, at The Alexander Burn Center in Tulsa, OK. from 1996 - 2000.

Zelia has presented many seminars and presentations across the United States, conducting on-site in-services and training for clinical staff on all levels, educating OR, ICU, Peds/NICU, Oncology, Cardiac, and Med-surg nurses. She is the author of Sculpting the Heart of a Nurse - A Book to Energize the Novice, Rejuvenate the Exhausted and Challenge the Average. She helped establish The Tulsa Medical Mission Team and the Medical Mission Room that provides burn care in Honduras. During her recent 2012 Annual Medical Mission visit, the team mentored residents and nurses through 15 successful burn surgeries, and built a house for a homeless family.

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Table of Contents




Section I-Assessment, Measurement, and Documentation

1. Attacking the Basics: Know what Fuels a Wound and Understand the Outcome Goal

2. Understanding Wound Etiology

3. Assessing and Documenting Wounds

4. Debriding Wounds

5. Documenting and Photographing Wounds

Section II-Defining the Spectrum of Simple to Complex Wounds

6. Skin Injuries

7. Common Chronic Wounds

8. Complex Wounds

9. Recognizing Atypical Wounds

Section III-Wound Care Treatment and Protocols

10. Understanding Wound Care Guidelines and Protocols

11. Selecting the Correct Dressings for Optimal Wound Care

12. Using Adjunctive Therapies

13. Caring for Ostomies and Fistulas

14. The Promotion of Skin Care Integrity

15. Selecting Optimal Support Surfaces and Equipment for Patient Positioning

Section IV-Legal Aspects and Regulations

16. Qualifications and Certifications for Specializing in Wound Care

17. Awareness of Your Facility's Reputation: Certification and Accreditation

18. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Healthcare's Common Procedure Coding System: Guidelines and Reimbursement

Appendix: Description of Skin Lesions


References and Additional Readings


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