Clinical DIMENSIONMultiple Dimensions of Caring for a Patient With Acute Necrotizing FasciitisRuth-Sahd, Lisa RN, DEd, CEN, CCRN; Gonzales, Mike RNAuthor Information Lisa A. Ruth-Sahd, RN, DEd, CEN, CCRN, is an Associate Professor of Nursing at York College of Pennsylvania and a Staff Nurse in the Intensive Care Unit at Lancaster General Hospital. Michael Gonzales, RN, is presently a registered nurse in the Intermediate Intensive Care Unit at Lancaster General Hospital. Address correspondence and reprints to: Lisa Ruth-Sahd, RN, DEd, CEN, CCRN, York College of PA, York, PA ([email protected]). Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing: January 2006 - Volume 25 - Issue 1 - p 15-21 Buy AbstractIn Brief Critical care nurses within acute care settings are responsible for providing healthcare to a wide variety of patients and, consequently, knowledge regarding how to care for a patient with acute necrotizing fasciitis is imperative. A case study is presented to evidence the need for a multidisciplinary approach. Necrotizing fasciitis is defined and treatment options are presented. Caring for this patient is very challenging and demands a multidisciplinary team to coordinate all aspects of care to promote better patient outcomes. This article presents an overview of acute necrotizing fasciitis along with a case study to illustrate this disease process. © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.