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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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  • Diabetic Foot Ulcer - Prevention
    Diabetic Foot Ulcers (DFUs) are a chronic problem. Recurrence rates range from 8–59% however, up to 75% of DFUs may be preventable. Therefore, long-term maintenance must be addressed even for healed ulcers to prevent recurrence.
  • 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.
  • Patient Education - Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Chronic Refractory Osteomyelitis (Spanish)
    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.
  • Patient Education - Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Compromised Grafts and Flaps (Spanish)
    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.
  • Patient Education - Venous Leg Ulcers (Spanish)
    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.
  • Patient Education - Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Diabetic Foot Ulcer (Spanish)
    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.
  • Patient Education - Diabetic Foot Ulcer (Spanish)
    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.
  • Patient Education - Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Osteoradionecrosis (Spanish)
    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.
  • Patient Education - Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy for Soft Tissue Radiation Injury (Spanish)
    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 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 - 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 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 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 - 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
    Skin tears 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 - Pressure Ulcers/ Injuries
    Pressure ulcers/ injuries 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 - Pyoderma Gangrenosum
    Pyoderma gangrenosum 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 - Arterial Ulcer (Spanish)
    ¿QUÉ es una úlcera arterial?Las Úlceras arteriales o isquémicas, son una herida o abertura en la piel debido a la mala circulación sanguínea debido a arterias estrechadas o dañadas (insuficiencia arterial). Las úlceras comúnmente ocurren a lo largo de las piernas, los pies o los dedos de los pies.¿QUÉ causa una úlcera arterial?La Enfermedad arterial periférica (PAD) causa la mayoría de las úlceras arteriales. La PAD comúnmente ocurre en pacientes con diabetes mellitus
  • Patient Education - Nutrition for Wound Healing : Understanding the Basics (Spanish)
    ¿POR QUÉ es importante para mí comer bien cuando tengo una herida?Uno de los aspectos de la cicatrización de heridas que se suele pasar por alto tiene que ver con lo que come, esa es su “nutrición”. El término “nutrición” puede ser tan simple como “el proceso de obtención de alimentos para la salud y el crecimiento”. Sin embargo, la dieta específica que cada persona necesita es única. Hay mucha información sobre la nutrición, pero ¿cómo saber qué es lo mejor para usted?Su cuer
  • Patient Education - Pressure Ulcers/ Injuries (Spanish)
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  • Patient Education - Shower Instructions for People with Wounds (Spanish)
    ¿CÓMO una buena higiene ayuda a mi herida?La higiene se refiere a mantenernos limpios a nosotros mismos y a nuestro entorno para prevenir enfermedades y dolencias.La higiene personal es el cuidado de nuestro cuerpo para mantenerlo libre de infecciones. Incluye lavarse las manos y el cabello, bañarse o ducharse, limpiarse la ropa y cuidar una herida.Nuestros cuerpos entran en contacto co
  • Patient Education - Skin Tear (Spanish)
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  • June is Wound Healing Awareness Month
    June is the Wound Healing Awareness Month (WHAM!). The annual celebration was created to recognize the challenges experienced by individuals whose lives are affected daily by chronic wounds and also increase awareness of how specialized care can save limbs and lives.
  • Patient Education - Foot Care Guide For People With Diabetes Mellitus (Spanish)
    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 - Acute Burns
    Summary A diabetic foot ulcer is a wound or opening in the skin anywhere on the foot (including toes) of a person with diabetes mellitus (that is, with too much sugar in the blood). Diabetic foot ulcers are serious and can lead to more health problems if not cared for properly. Two out of three amputations in the United States happen because of diabetic foot ulcers. Three out of four people who
  • Patient Education - Acute Burns (Spanish)
    Summary A diabetic foot ulcer is a wound or opening in the skin anywhere on the foot (including toes) of a person with diabetes mellitus (that is, with too much sugar in the blood). Diabetic foot ulcers are serious and can lead to more health problems if not cared for properly. Two out of three amputations in the United States happen because of diabetic foot ulcers. Three out of four people who
  • Patient Education - Negative Pressure Wound Therapy
    Negative Pressure Wound TherapyA healthcare professional applies a foam bandage over an open wound, and a vacuum pump creates negative pressure around the wound. Negative pressure helps wounds heal by: encouraging the growth of new tissue, providing a moist wound healing setting, bringing wound edges together, and removing extra fluid and infectious materials into a canister on the machine.
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