Common Skin Conditions in Wound Care: Identification, Assessment, Etiology and Risk Factors
Understanding the risk factors and causes of skin breakdown in vulnerable patients enables health care professionals to develop individualized wound prevention protocols. When wounds and skin disorders do occur, identification of specific skin conditions aids in care planning and wound management in these patients.
This guide discusses wound etiology as it relates to clinical management, the importance and timing of skin care assessments for wound prevention, and risk assessment tools such as the Braden Scale and pressure mapping. It also provides an illustrated glossary of skin disorders frequently encountered by wound care professionals in daily practice.
Health care professionals whose patients are at risk for skin breakdown and wounds will appreciate this practical guide to maintaining skin integrity, preventing injury, and identifying skin disorders when they arise.
The following topics are covered in this guide: