An Analysis of the Management of Minor Wounds and Superficial Injuries for the Nurse Practitioner Introduction and Overview The management and treatment of minor wounds or “superficial injuries,” as described by ICD-9-CM (Medical Coding, 2011) categorization, is a key component of nursing and healthcare. Furthermore, wound assessment - “an appraisal of a patient’s condition based on clinical signs and symptoms, laboratory data, and medical history - is an integral part of wound management” (Baranoski & Ayello, 2006, p. 91). Management of these types of wounds is one of the common duties of the nurse practitioner in an emergency environment or other clinical setting. Minor wounds are wounds or injuries that are not considered serious in...The end:
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