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The Care of Wounds – a guide for nurses (Fourth Edition)

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11 October, 2012

Title: The Care of Wounds – a guide for nurses (Fourth Edition)

Author: Carol Dealey

Publisher: Wiley Blackwell, 2012

Reveiwer:  Mark Collier, lead nurse/consultant – tissue viability, United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust

What was it like?

As the title suggests, this well-written book, by a respected author on the subject, has been unashamedly written primarily for nurses. In the opinion of the reviewer, this publication will be of most use to students and newly qualified staff, although it might also be of use to staff “returning to the subject” or to support a course of study.

Given the multidisciplinary nature of wound management, however, it is a shame that this book does not really acknowledge this in any detail.

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What were the highlights? 

The text is generally well written, referenced and easy to read/access and the seven chapters overall cover the main aspects of the subject as a whole. The contents include chapters on the physiology of wound healing; the management of patients with wounds; general principles of wound management; wound management products; the management of patients with chronic wounds; the management of patients with acute wounds and the organisation of wound management.

Strengths & weaknesses:

It is a pity, however, that on the first page, given the author’s professional background, that the term pressure sore is identified in the list of definitions associated with wounds, especially as the author states that the book will be of use to those of you providing care to patients with wounds

In fairness, in chapter five the author reverts back to using the more up-to-date and relevant professional terminology/definition – pressure ulcer – as agreed by the European Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel in 1997.

Although this book attempts to cover a large number of related topics relevant to the main subject matter, which could be considered as strength, it could also be considered a weakness of this publication, as as a result, most - not all - topics are dealt with generically, which leaves the readerhaving  to go elsewhere if they want to know more

The highlights of the book are undoubtedly the chapter on general principles of wound management, which is a valuable and informative section that will be of assistance to all readers and the section on pressure ulcer in the chapter on chronic wound management - not surprisingly.

Who should read it?

In summary, this text will prove to be a useful ”dip in” book for those involved with wounds and the reader will be grateful for the inclusion/reference to a large number and range of scoring tools/classification systems and relevant charts all in one place.

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