Unique decision trees promote accurate diagnosis and treatment of 60 common skin conditions.
This is the first primary care dermatology reference written by and for nurses. It focuses on approximately 60 skin conditions that are commonly seen in primary care settings and provides unique decision trees to assist in accurate diagnosis. Organized for quick access, the book presents conditions alphabetically and includes evidence-based treatment and management strategies along with full-color photos taken during actual office visits. Dermatologic diagnostics cover skin assessment, specimen collection procedures, and use of mechanical devices, along with relevant evidence-based topical, systemic, and surgical treatment options.
The resource provides an overview of dermatology basics including skin anatomy and physiology and skin terminology. Illustrations, graphs, and skin terminology help to accurately document descriptions of rashes, lesions, and diseases during diagnostic evaluations. The book also defines risk factors in relation to skin conditions and diseases and delineates conditions common to specific populations. A broad range of management strategies is presented along with alerts for when expert follow-up is indicated. To promote rapid identification of skin conditions, each is presented in a consistent organization that includes overview, epidemiology, pathology/histology, clinical presentation, differential diagnosis, treatment/management, special considerations and appropriate referrals, and patient education. The Clinical Pearls feature captures the authors’ expertise. Additional photos are available from the website as a digital photo archive.
"This is meant to be a quick reference for looking up treatment options, a basic fact about a disease, and reviewing diagnostic possibilities. I see this most helpful as a therapeutic reference. For an "on the spot" reference, nurses may want to have this book handy when seeing patients in a clinic."
-- Patricia Wong, MD(Fine Dermatology care for Adults, Adolescents & Children) Doody's Review