Preface viirn1 The physiology of wound healing 1rnIntroduction 1rnDefinitions associated with wounds 1rnThe structure of the skin 2rnWound healing 3rnImpaired wound healing 9rnConclusion 12rn2 The management of patients with wounds 15rnIntroduction 15rnPhysical care 15rnPsychological care 39rnSpiritual care 45rn3 General principles of wound management 61rnIntroduction 61rnWound assessment 61rnManaging wounds 77rnDocumentation 85rnEvaluating the dressing 86rn4 Wound management products 93rnIntroduction 93rnThe development of dressings through the ages 93rnTraditional techniques 100rnThe use of lotions 102rnClinically effective wound management products 108rnModern wound management products 110rn5 The management of patients with chronic wounds 127rnIntroduction 127rnThe prevention and management of pressure ulcers 127rnThe management of leg ulcers 149rnDiabetic foot ulcers 165rnThe management of fungating wounds 170rn6 The management of patients with acute wounds 185rnIntroduction 185rnThe care of surgical wounds 185rnTraumatic wounds 199rnThe burn injury 205rnRadiation reactions 216rn7 The organisation of wound management 227rnIntroduction 227rnManaging wounds in the community 227rnNurse specialists in wound care 228rnMultiprofessional wound care 229rnWound healing centres 230rnConclusions 230rnIndex 233
The Care of Wounds addresses all aspects of holistic wound management. The fourth edition of this successful clinical text continues to reflect current research and evidence based practice, while incorporating the considerable developments which have occurred in wound care practice since the publication of the previous edition. This book includes chapters on the physiology of wound healing, general principals of wound management, wound management products, and the management of patients with both acute and chronic wounds. Superbly illustrated with full colour illustrations throughout, The Care of Wounds is of value to all nurses and healthcare professionals working in the field of tissue viability and wound healing.
* Comprehensive and clinically oriented
* Examines best practice in wound management
* Incorporates national and international clinical guidelines where applicable
* Superbly illustrated with full colour throughout