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By Geri Gibbons Sunday Dispatch Correspondent

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Mary Ellen Dziedzic, author of “Fast Facts About Pressure Ulcer Care for Nurses,” begins the book reminding readers that “all things are possible” with the help and support of those who love them. Both her book and her life reflect a spirit of faith and commitment to helping others.

A Wyoming resident, Dziezdiec has enjoyed a 28-year nursing career that has encompassed bedside nursing, education, quality improvement and management. Her recent book has provided her the opportunity to share knowledge and experience with others in the nursing profession, ensuring that patients get top-notch care.

“Pressure ulcers often diminish the quality of patients’ lives,” said Dziedzic, “and in most instances it is possible to prevent, detect and resolve them.”

She stressed the importance of basic nursing concepts coupled with the use of technology for optimal results in maintaining skin integrity in patients who may already be compromised by age or disease.

“When patients come into a hospital or nursing home, or if they are cared for at home, they sometimes don’t move around and this puts pressure on various areas of their body,” she said. “This often results in breakdown of the skin which can lead to serious infection and is occasionally life threatening.”

She described the book as a “somewhat easy read.” Although it addresses such complex topics as skin assessment, debridement of wounds and creating an environment of skin care safety, it successfully attempts to address those issues using pragmatic language, facilitating implementation of suggestions provided.

It also provides elder abuse hotlines, manufacturer’s support services and information regarding appropriate dressings.

Dziedzic’s real strength comes from true empathy for those she serves.

As the wound care coordinator at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center, she is responsible for management of the wound, ostomy and continence program at the facility, both inpatient and outpatient. She recounts stories of patients, who once successfully treated, restarted their lives, going back to work and fully participating in family activities.

“Patients are afraid of the unknown. When we educate and support them, their lives change,” said Dziedzic. “We are responsible to equip both patients and professionals with skills needed to effectively heal and manage any ongoing challenges.”

Dziedzic is the author of several articles for Mosby’s Nursing Consult. She also presented at the Premier Group national conference in San Antonio, Texas, in 2011. She has co-authored a poster on pressure ulcer prevention for the Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing Society, presented in 2013.

Dziedzic graduated from King’s College with a bachelor’s degree in social work and from College Misericordia with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing. She completed national certification in Wound Ostomy Continence Nursing.

A love for writing seems to run in the family. Her son, Thaddeus, a recent graduate of King’s College with a degree in marketing and mass communications, also aspires to write professionally.

Dziedzic credits her husband of 28 years, Mark, for his support and the family poodle ”Henry” who kept her company throughout the writing process.

When asked if she has another book in her future, Dziedzic said, “I think that is certainly possible.”

Her expertise in a multitude of areas of nursing, her desire to share good nursing practices with others and her love for writing make it likely.

The book is published by Springer Publishing as a part of its Fast Fact Series and is also available through Barnes & Noble booksellers.

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