Book Reviews

Wounds and Lacerations 4th Edition 2012

Wounds and Lacerations Emergency Care and Closure 4th Edition

Alexander T.Trott
MD, Professor of Emergency Medicine, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

Gregg A. DiGiulio
MD. Associate Professor Department of Paediatrics, Northeast Ohio Medical University,Ohio, USA.

Javier A. Gonzalez del Rey
MD. MEd. Professor of Clinical Paediatrics, University of Cincinnati Ohio, USA.

Carolyn K. Holland
MD. MEd. Assistant Professor of Clinical Paediatrics and Emergency Medicine. University of Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.

Elsevier Saunders
Philadelphia, 2012.
ISBN 978-0-323-07418-6

Type and scope of book
In the words of the author this books has been written as a advance on the education notion of watch one, do one, teach one. This book contains the knowledge and skills to develop the learning expert practitioner in this vital field within Emergency Nursing and Medicine. This book uses primarily drawings and pictures as the learning tools to stimulate the practitioner to learn knowledge and skills in wound management.

Chapter 1 Emergency Wound Care: An Overview
Chapter 2 Patient Evaluation and Wound Assessment
Chapter 3 Anatomy of Wound Repair
Chapter 4 Wound Healing and Cosmetic Outcome
Chapter 5 Wound Care and the Pediatric Patient
Chapter 6 Infiltration and Nerve Block Anesthesia
Chapter 7 Wound Cleansing and Irrigation
Chapter 8 Instruments, Suture Materials, and Closure Choices
Chapter 9 Decisions before Closure: Timing, Débridement, and Consultation
Chapter 10 Basic Laceration Repair: Principles and Techniques
Chapter 11 Complex Skin Wounds: Advanced Repair Techniques
Chapter 12 Special Anatomic Sites
Chapter 13 The Hand
Chapter 14 Tissue Adhesives and Alternative Wound Closure
Chapter 15 Bite Wounds
Chapter 16 Common Wound Care Problems
Chapter 17 Minor Thermal Burns
Chapter 18 Cutaneous and Superficial Abscesses
Chapter 19 Complicated, Chronic, and Aging Skin Wounds
Chapter 20 Wound Dressing and Bandaging Techniques
Chapter 21 Tetanus Immunity and Antibiotic Wound Prophylaxis
Chapter 22 Suture Removal and Wound Aftercare

The book greatest strength is in illustrations and drawing style the book contains. It is the illustrations that holds the book together. There are so many great drawings that explain the wound closure better than text could have ever alone. The drawing leave the reader in no doubt to how to close the wound.

The book attempts to focus on all types of wounds. This makes the book a very comprehensive aid for the practitioner. It cover many different wound types in many different body positions.

The book is very practical. The book has a clinical focus of how to do approach to wound closure and dressings. It is this clinical focus that makes this a valuable asset in the clinical area. The book goal of making the difference in assessment, decision making and lead to improved wound closure and cosmetic results.

The books is bound in hardback. this is always a advantage to having the resource in the clinical area and in constant use. The durable nature of hardback will make this book last longer without damage.

The book contains a brilliant Chapter 6 on infiltration and regional nerve block anaesthesia. This section also makes use of excellent drawings to show block sites, and the location of nerves to block. This excellent section gives the practitioner real skills and increases the practitioners confidence to delivery effective analgesia.

Chapter 15 exams the management of bite wounds. This comprehensive section contains valuable and vital knowledge on all types of bites and potential problems caused by the different sources of bite. Dog bites, cat bites, human bites, fish bites, exotic pet bites, livestock bites, bat bites and rat bites are all covered well in this chapter.

The book presents knowledge on wound management and wound dressings. The book clearly shows how different areas of the body can have secure dressing applied. This knowledge and skills is a area that many emergency nurses will gain great benefit from. The dressing are innovative at times, especially in the awkward irregular parts of the body.

The black and white images are quite dreary and bland. The photos do not do the actual wounds justice in look and appearance. Colour in these drawing would have added to the books reality. Wounds that are photographed in colour look awesome and shows fine detail. This book misses the learning opportunity of the colour photos. This contrasts with the fabulous graphic drawings components of the book.

Recommended readership
Wounds and Lacerations Emergency Care and Closure is recommended to all emergency nursing and medical staff. It is a practical clinical book that can be used continually in the ED practice setting. The hardback format makes this book ideally left in the clinical area for practitioner use.

The book is a great companion of knowledge for all emergency nurses and doctors. The book would be particularly of interest to any Emergency Nurse Practitioner. Rural practitioners working in isolated areas will find the book of great benefit.

Overall rating
This book is a excellent 4th edition version of previously successful editions. The book has so many practical applications that any emergency nurse will benefit and improve knowledge and skills in this common and vital area of emergency nursing.

This book succeeds in its aim to improve upon the watch one, do one, teach one. It is a book that this reviewer would like to purchase for self and department. A 4 1/2 star rating is achieved and is highly recommended for all emergency department clinical practitioners.