Wound Care Essentials: Practice Principles Fourth Edition

Wound Care Essentials: Practice Principles Fourth Edition PDF

Author: Sharon Baranoski

Publisher: LWW


Publish Date: September 18, 2015

ISBN-10: 1469889137

Pages: 608

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface

It is my pleasure to write the foreword for the fourth edition of Wound Care Essentials: Practice Principles, edited by two of the most respected people in the field of wound care, Dr. Elizabeth Ayello and Sharon Baranoski. As always, these editors have done a superb job of making improvements to a text that is already outstanding. The changes they have made are relevant and timely, and they have brought together an inimitable team of experts to write each chapter. Over half of the chapters in this edition have either entirely new authors or additional experts added to a team of authors to assure the most up-to-date, accurate, and pertinent content.

This edition follows rapidly on the heels of the recent release of the 2014 NPUAP/EPUAP/PPPIA clinical practice guidelines and systematically incorporates these into all appropriate chapters. Readers can be assured that clinical recommendations incorporated from the guidelines have been subjected to structured and deliberate scientific scrutiny to evaluate the strength of the evidence. In addition, clinicians can depend on the expertise of the authors to deliver the best in clinical decision making when evidence is lacking but action is necessary. High-resolution color photos, so important to understanding the nature of various types of wounds and treatments, are no longer confined to the center pages of the book but are integrated throughout the text and placed in proximity to the content that is germane to the type of wound or type of treatment under discussion. In addition, Chapter 24 has a wound photo gallery of 39 different types of wounds with questions for readers to answer and consider.

Several topics have expanded coverage in this edition. There is an entirely new chapter on Quality of Life issues for patients with wounds that lays a sound foundation of theoretical issues before moving on to clinical concerns related to quality of life. Skin tears have been more thoroughly addressed, and the update includes the work of International Skin Tear Advisory Panel (ISTAP). Also, in this new and improved edition, the reader will find the chapter on wound bioburden has been rewritten and expanded and fistula management has been added to the chapter on tubes and drains. These are but a few examples, but because of the many chapters that have new authors or coauthors, many other changes will be evident to those 18 familiar with the third edition.

As in the previous edition, a general emphasis on knowledge management remains. Knowledge management involves gathering data from a variety of sources, organizing it so that patterns become apparent, providing context that is relevant to understanding the principles related to action (in this case, professional practice) and delivering all of these things to the end user in timely fashion and in a format that expedites rapid assimilation. These are the “bones” around which the third edition of Wound Care Essentials: Practice Principles was built and the fourth edition retains this structure. New authors, new content, and new sources of evidence have been added. Context is provided with patient scenarios and case discussions as well as an expanded use of color photos within the text. Questions are provided at the end of each chapter as a self-assessment with answers provided at the end of the book. All are in a format that supports rapid assimilation of content.

Congratulations to the editors and the authors on producing a book that will help clinicians, whether novices or experts, to manage the complex knowledge surrounding wound care in a truly substantive way.

Barbara Braden, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean Emerita, Graduate School and University College
Creighton University
Omaha, Nebraska

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