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From The CriticsReviewer: Josie Martin Bowman, RN, MSN, DSN(East Carolina University )
Description: This book covers basic wound care principles and than specifically focuses on different types of wounds. This update was necessary because of the rapid changes in wound care and the increase in the number of complex and chronic wounds.
Purpose: The foreword, written by Kathryn Baxter, RN, FNP, refers to the book as an impressive reference for beginning and experienced practitioners. Topics include anatomy and physiology of normal skin development and causes of acute and chronic wounds. Specific treatments are discussed for each wound. The objectives are worthwhile and wound management is within the realm of nursing care and management.
Audience: This is written for beginning and advanced practitioners. It is also a good reference for other healthcare professionals, either occupational or physical therapists, who work with clients with all stages of wound care.
Features: The first three chapters cover wound care fundamentals, wound assessment, and basic wound care procedures, all basic areas nurses need to know to begin care for clients. Chapters 4 thru 8 cover specific types of wounds and the remaining chapters address wound care products, therapeutic modalities, and legal and reimbursement issues. The appendix presents algorithms dealing with pressure ulcers and wound assessment. The foreword mentions evidence-based wound care, but there are no references. All the areas are covered in sufficient detail to serve as a quick reference. More in-depth information can be found in more detailed publications.
Assessment: This is a good review and quick reference for practicing nurses and students. The material is what healthcare professionals need to know and the information is presented clearly along with numerous visual examples. I would recommend this as a staple on medical-surgical units.