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Erin Tharalson, DNP, RN, ANP-BC, CWS

Nurse - APRN
Private Practice
Erin Tharalson's Background
Wound Clinic Director at the Virginia G. Piper St. Vincent de Paul Medical Clinic, Phoenix, Arizona.
Clinical Assistant Professor at Arizona State University Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.
Member of the Advisory and Editorial Board, Wound Reference, Inc.

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  • When is my wound going to heal?
    Patient Education Topic and Wound Poster: these resources help clinicians explain to patients how wounds heal, how to recognize infection, and what patients can do to help their wound heal. The poster may be printed out, shared with patients and/or displayed at healthcare facilities.
  • Patient Education - Venous Leg Ulcers
    Venous leg ulcer for patients and caregivers. This illustration-rich topic can be shared by email, or the attached trifold brochure can be printed and handed directly to patients.
  • Patient Education - Diabetic Foot Ulcer
    Diabetic Foot Ulcers for patients and caregivers. The topic can be shared by email, or the attached trifold brochure can be printed and handed directly to patients.
  • Patient Education - Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Diabetic Foot Ulcer
    Topic for patients and caregivers. This topic on hyperbaric oxygen therapy for diabetic foot ulcers can be shared by email, or its PDF (attached to the topic) can be printed as a patient handout and handed directly to patients at the point-of-care.
  • Patient Education - Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis
    Topic for patients and caregivers. This topic on hyperbaric oxygen therapy for chronic refractory osteomyelitis can be shared by email, or its PDF (attached to the topic) can be printed as a patient handout and handed directly to patients at the point-of-care.
  • Patient Education - Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Soft Tissue Radiation Injury
    Topic for patients and caregivers. This topic on hyperbaric oxygen therapy for soft tissue radiation injury can be shared by email, or its PDF (attached to the topic) can be printed as a patient handout and handed directly to patients at the point-of-care.
  • Patient Education - Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Osteoradionecrosis
    Topic for patients and caregivers. This topic on hyperbaric oxygen therapy for osteoradionecrosis can be shared by email, or its PDF (attached to the topic) can be printed as a patient handout and handed directly to patients at the point-of-care.
  • Patient Education - Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Compromised Grafts and Flaps
    Topic for patients and caregivers. This topic on hyperbaric oxygen therapy for compromised grafts and flaps can be shared by email, or its PDF (attached to the topic) can be printed as a patient handout and handed directly to patients at the point-of-care.
  • Patient Education in Wound Care and Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
    Patient and caregiver education is central to patient-centered, value-based care. It can be a differentiating factor for wound care and hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) services looking to offer the highest standards of clinical practice. This topic provides an update on the importance and benefits of patient education in wound care and HBOT, current gaps, commonly used methods, and resources to develop patient education programs in wound care and HBOT. It lists 5 tools that can be implemented today to streamline patient education at the point-of-care, and provides a downloadable framework with best practices on patient education in wound care and HBOT.
  • Educación al Paciente - Terapia de Oxígeno Hiperbárico Para Osteomielitis Refractaria Crónica
    For patients and caregivers, in SPANISH. This topic on hyperbaric oxygen therapy for chronic refractory osteomyelitis can be shared by email, or its PDF (attached to the topic) can be printed as a patient handout and handed directly to patients at the point-of-care.
  • Educación al Paciente - Terapia de Oxígeno Hiperbárico Para Injertos y Colgajos Comprometidos
    For patients and caregivers, in SPANISH. This topic on hyperbaric oxygen therapy for compromised skin grafts and flaps can be shared by email, or its PDF (attached to the topic) can be printed as a patient handout and handed directly to patients at the point-of-care.
  • Educación al Paciente - Úlcera venosa
    Venous leg ulcer for patients and caregivers in SPANISH. This illustration-rich topic can be shared by email, or the attached trifold brochure can be printed and handed directly to patients.
  • Educación al Paciente - Terapia de Oxígeno Hiperbárico Para Úlcera de Pie Diabético
    For patients and caregivers, in SPANISH. This topic on hyperbaric oxygen therapy for diabetic foot ulcers can be shared by email, or its PDF (attached to the topic) can be printed as a patient handout and handed directly to patients at the point-of-care.
  • Educación al Paciente - Úlcera de Pie Diabético
    Diabetic Foot Ulcer for patients and caregivers in SPANISH. This illustration-rich topic can be shared by email, or the attached trifold brochure can be printed and handed directly to patients.
  • Educación al Paciente - Terapia de Oxígeno Hiperbárico para Osteorradionecrosis de Mandíbula
    For patients and caregivers, in SPANISH. This topic on hyperbaric oxygen therapy for osteoradionecrosis of the mandible can be shared by email, or its PDF (attached to the topic) can be printed as a patient handout and handed directly to patients at the point-of-care.
  • Educación al Paciente - Terapia de Oxígeno Hiperbárico Para Lesiones de Radiación de Tejidos Blandos
    For patients and caregivers, in SPANISH. This topic on hyperbaric oxygen therapy for soft tissue radiation injury can be shared by email, or its PDF (attached to the topic) can be printed as a patient handout and handed directly to patients at the point-of-care.
  • Patient Education - Shower Instructions for People with Wounds
    Shower instructions for patients and caregivers. The topic can be shared by email, or the attached trifold brochure can be printed and handed directly to patients.
  • Patient Education - Nutrition for Wound Healing : Understanding the Basics
    This topic for patients and caregivers explains the importance of food, and how it can help wounds heal. It answers questions such as "Why is it important for me to eat well when I have a wound?" and "What should I eat"? Includes handouts on food groups, vitamins and minerals
  • Patient Education - Nutrition for wound healing : What if I have other health conditions?
    What should I do if I have diabetes mellitus, kidney disease, high blood pressure, food allergies, and other conditions that affect what I eat? Topic for patients and caregivers.
  • Patient Education - Nutrition for wound healing in action - Step 4: What if I don’t cook?
    What if I don’t cook? One of the greatest challenges to having optimal nutrition is time. Fresh, healthy foods can be delicious when prepared right. But this requires certain skills and experiences in the kitchen, as well as enough time to prepare, cook, and eat your meal. Meal preparation can be mentally exhausting, especially with the added stress and pressure from a wound that needs to heal. Explore available options.
  • Patient Education - Nutrition for wound healing in action - Step 3: Shop smartly
    Label reading - one of the keys to smart grocery shoppingGrocery shopping can be overwhelming; with the abundance of options, how do you choose what is right for you? Luckily all foods have nutritional labels. They are called the ‘Nutrition Facts’ label. Learning how to read them correctly is incredibly important! Table 1 below shows some simple steps to assist in your label reading. Table 1. How to read the Nutrition Facts label on food products. Adapted from the Acade
  • Patient Education - Nutrition for wound healing in action - Step 2: Leverage supplements
    What is oral nutritional supplementation? In addition to the balanced meals suggested in the topic nutrition, oral supplementation may be recommended by your healthcare professional. Oral Nutritional Supplementation (ONS) is a way to provide your body with additional macro and micronutrients that may be lacking in your diet.
  • Patient Education - Nutrition for wound healing in action - Step 1: Map out your meals
    What does a balanced meal plan look like? The goal of any healthy diet is to have a balanced meal combined with oral supplementation as recommended by your healthcare professional. Oral supplementation are products (in the form of liquids, powders, capsules/tablets) that provide additional nutrients for the body when ingested. Oral supplementation may not be necessary for everyone but can help boost levels of nutrients that you may be missing.
  • Patient Education - Arterial Ulcer
    Arterial Ulcers for patients and caregivers. The topic can be shared by email, or the attached trifold brochure can be printed and handed directly to patients.
  • Patient Education - Skin Tear
    WHAT is a skin tear?A skin tear occurs when the outer layers of the skin separate or peel back. Skin tears are most common in older adults, as they tend to have more fragile skin which occurs with age. Newborn infants  are also at higher risk. Acute skin tears typically heal within 4 weeks, while more complex skin tears may require additional, long-term treatment.The severity of skin tears can vary by depth: Skin tears are most commonly loca
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