Healing Wounds, Healthy Skin

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A Practical Guide for Patients with Chronic Wounds

Madhuri Reddy, M.D., M.Sc., and Rebecca Cottrill, R.N., M.Sc.C.H.

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The first comprehensive, accessible, authoritative guide on chronic wounds and how best to treat them

Seven million Americans suffer from chronic or slow-healing wounds—this number includes people with diabetes, dementia, paralysis, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, and poor circulation, as well as the elderly and those with reduced mobility. Healing Wounds, Healthy Skin provides patients and caregivers with everything they need to know on the subject, including:

  • Why chronic wounds develop and who is at risk of developing them
  • What "normal healing" is
  • What the different types of wounds are, including those associated with chronic disease
  • How to find appropriate care and get a correct diagnosis
  • What role exercise and nutrition play in treatment and prevention
  • What treatment options are available, from surgery to alternative therapies

Also covered are the patients' psychological and emotional experiences, myths about wounds and wound healing, steps to take in an emergency, and a wound patient's bill of rights. With up-to-date information, insightful patient case histories, and a wealth of essential resources, this is the book that chronic wound patients and their caregivers can turn to with confidence.

Madhuri Reddy, MD, MSc, is Founding Medical Director of the Wound Healing Program at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston. She lives in Needham, MA. Rebecca Cottrill, MScCH, works as a nurse in the Wound Care Clinic of Women's College Hospital in Toronto.

"A much-needed tool…for patients, families and caregivers…there is nothing else like it."—Dr. Diane L. Krasner, Lead Co-Editor, Chronic Wound Care: A Clinical Source Book for Healthcare Professionals

"[This] is a succinct, practical guidebook for patients …With the availability of so much information on the Internet, it is critical to have such an accurate single source of the necessary knowledge to prevent and treat skin problems and wounds. …A great advantage of this book is the patient stories at the beginning and end of each chapter."—Dr. Elizabeth Ayello, Clinical Associate Editor, Advances in Skin & Wound Care, and Faculty, Excelsior College, School of Nursing 

"Reddy's metaphors and clever titles help make complex medical processes approachable to the average reader. ... [This]...is a thorough guide to the medical system as a whole and wound care specifically."—Sandra Wainwright, M.D., Medical Director, Wound Care Center, Norwalk Hospital
ISBN: 9780300140361
Publication Date: August 23, 2011
336 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
31 b/w illus.
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