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The nurse's role in managing necrotizing fasciitis.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19130684     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Necrotizing fasciitis (NF), also known as "flesh-eating disease," is a rapid-acting, potentially deadly infection. This condition is devastating in its ability to spread through the body at an alarming rate. It can be caused by almost any type of injury that introduces microorganisms into the subcutaneous tissues. The initial assessment can be deceptive, so awareness is the key to recognition. This condition often goes unrecognized until it is too late or major disfigurement results. Vital nursing strategies for managing the care of patients with NF include early recognition, accurate assessment, and aggressive treatment.
Deborah C Magel
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  AORN journal     Volume:  88     ISSN:  0001-2092     ISO Abbreviation:  AORN J     Publication Date:  2008 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-01-08     Completed Date:  2009-03-11     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372403     Medline TA:  AORN J     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  977-82, quiz 983-6     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
Good Samaritan Hospital, Puyallup, WA, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Fasciitis, Necrotizing / nursing*,  surgery
Nurse's Role*
Nursing Assessment / methods
Perioperative Nursing / methods*

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