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Wound Care for the Plastic Surgery Nurse

Lucas, Valentina S. MS, RN, ANP-BC; King, Ann W. MS, RN, CWON

doi: 10.1097/PSN.0b013e3181ee1760
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The plastic surgery nurse is often confronted with various acute and chronic wounds. Appropriate wound care can facilitate healing, improve quality of life, decrease pain, and improve cosmesis. Yet, with more than 5,000 products on the market today, it can be difficult to choose the appropriate product. This article reviews some of the basic principles of wound healing and patient assessment and then presents a framework from which to develop a plan of care using appropriate wound care products. Appropriate product selection based on patient assessment and clearly defined wound-healing goals can lead to improved healing and saved health care resources.

Valentina S. Lucas, MS, RN, ANP-BC, Nurse Practitioner, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond.

Ann W. King, MS, RN, CWON, Wound Care Team, Department of Surgical Nursing, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Richmond.

Address correspondence to Valentina S. Lucas, RN, ANP-BC, Department of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, PO Box 980154, Richmond, VA 23298 (e-mail: vslucas@vcu.edu).

The authors wish to acknowledge Susan Beavers for her assistance in preparation of this manuscript.

The authors have no conflict of interest.

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