AACN Advanced Critical Care Nursing

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From AACN experts comes a resource dedicated to helping you oversee or care for critical care patients in any practice setting. This comprehensive critical care nursing textbook addresses serious and potentially life-threatening patient conditions with a foundation rooted in the critical thinking process: the comprehension, analysis, synthesis, and application of knowledge.
  • Endorsed by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the largest specialty nursing organization in the United States, for the most authoritative coverage available.
  • Thorough discussions of each body system emphasize advanced concepts, presenting physiology in an application format that examines the clinical implications of physiological science.
  • Coverage of assessment focuses on interpreting abnormal findings and linking those findings to diagnosis and intervention.
  • Appropriate interventions are discussed from an interdisciplinary, evidence-based perspective.
  • Hundreds of new, full-color illustrations and design clarify important concepts and improve the book's usability.
  • Complex, unfolding case studies are presented in all disease chapters, accompanied by review questions with a comprehensive answer key.
  • Multidisciplinary Plans of Care provide at-a-glance information for common ICU conditions.
  • Nutrition boxes appear in each relevant chapter, offering guidelines for patient needs with specific illnesses.
  • Research-Based Practice Guidelines boxes and Promoting Evidence-Based Practice features appear throughout the text whenever applicable to present the latest research-supported nursing assessment and intervention practices.
  • Drug boxes include common classifications of critical care drugs for specific disorders, including drug, actions, dosage, and special considerations.
  • Applying the Technology features help you apply the latest technology to patient care.
  • NIC Interventions boxes list NIC intervention labels appropriate for the conditions discussed in a chapter.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Filissa Marie Caserta, MSN (Johns Hopkins Hospital)
Description: This comprehensive critical care book covers pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management of a variety of critical care pathologies. Special features in each chapter address evidence-based medicine, medications, and nutrition as well as case studies.
Purpose: The purpose is to enhance the critical care knowledge of experienced critical care nurses and APRNs via a comprehensive review of pathophysiology, clinical presentations, and management of a variety of critical care diseases. This is a worthwhile contribution and it is clear that the main objective has been met.
Audience: Experienced critical care RNs and APRNs are the intended audience. It is written at a level appropriate for new graduate RNs as well as APRN students and advanced practitioners. The book was published posthumously, after the editor lost a courageous battle with breast cancer. She practiced as a critical care clinical nurse specialist and worked in the field of critical care for over 27 years. She was known both nationally and internationally for her impact on the critical care community and was widely published in the field. Her enthusiasm for nursing, promotion of collaborative practice, and advancing nursing practice were just a few of her generous contributions to the critical care nursing community.
Features: The book is well organized and covers the many topics in critical care, including a section on improving outcomes through prophylaxis. It is organized into units which review specialty topics, such as practice in today's critical care environment, and include an "elements of care" section involving families in critical care, nutrition, thermoregulation and symptom management. The remaining units are divided by body system. Each unit/system contains chapters on the diagnosis and management of the various pathological processes associated with that system. Each chapter has special features that include case studies, nutrition boxes, research utilization boxes, and medication tables. Inside the front cover are four easy to read tables that serve as an index for the special features. Another key component is the section on unique populations in critical care such as pregnant women and elderly and oncologic patients. The book comes with a web-based application that provides the most current evidenced-based treatment options and common critical care procedures. All of the tables, illustrations, and images in the book are also available via the web.
Assessment: I am very impressed with the quality of this comprehensive book. It has a wealth of information on every topic that the RN and APRN will face in the critical care setting. It sets out the most current management guidelines for a multitude of illnesses along with an abundance of references. The topics are discussed in depth, but concisely, and so do not overwhelm the reader. This book can serve as an excellent resource for any critical care unit as well as an undergraduate and graduate nursing program. It is also a great study companion for any nurse interested in taking the critical care registered nurse (CCRN) certification examination. It is comparable to an encyclopedia for critical care nursing. I am not aware of other books in the field that target the advanced critical care nurse and APRNs in the same logical, in-depth manner as this one does.
From the Publisher

"The book provides extensive coverage of body systems, including cardiac, pulmonary, renal, neurological, haematological and multi-system disorders. There is a chapter on caring for the bariatric patient, highlighting potential complications and treatment options, including surgery. Information is presented consistently, with full-colour illustrations. Case studies and boxes on the latest research are threaded throughout, promoting engagement and critical thinking. Every chapter is supported with contemporary evidence." Nursing Standard, April 15 2009

"This comprehensive text on critical care nursing is a pleasure to read...The material is logical, coherent and accessible and yet each author has been able to sustain sufficient depth and coverage to make it an ideal text for the postgraduate critical care students or a very handy general source text for critical care units and educators. Nurse Education in Practice, 2009

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416032199
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 5/8/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 1632
  • Sales rank: 931,442
  • Product dimensions: 11.04 (w) x 8.64 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Table of Contents


1. The Critical Care Environment

2. Alternate Settings for Critical Care

3. Comorbid Conditions


4. Pain and Sedation

5. Symptom Management




6. Nutrition

7. Thermoregulation



8. Families in Critical Care

9. Improving Outcomes through Prophylaxis


10. Advanced Arrhythmias

11. Acute Coronary Syndromes

12. Heart Failure

13. Heart Disease in Women

14. Cardiac Surgery

15. Valvular Disease and Surgery

16. Vascular Emergencies

17. Cardiomyopathy

18. Heart and Lung Transplantation


19. Acute Respiratory Failure and Acute Lung Injury

20. Mechanical Ventilation and Weaning

21. Thoracic Surgery


22. Head Injury and Dysfunction

23. Cerebral Vascular Disorders

24. Spinal Cord Injury

25. Special Neurologic Patient Populations


26. Gastrointestinal Bleeding

27. Liver Dysfunction and Failure

28. Pancreatitis

29. The Gut in Critical Illness

30. Liver, Kidney, and Pancreas Transplantation


31. Electrolyte Emergencies

32. Complex Acid-Base Disorders and Associated Electrolyte Imbalances

33. Acute Renal Failure


34. Glycemic Control

35. Pituitary, Thyroid, and Adrenal Disorders


36. Blood Conservation and Blood Component Replacement

37. Coagulopathies


38. Caring for the Immunocompromised Patient

39. Bone Marrow Transplantation


40. Shock and Endpoints of Resuscitation

41. Optimizing Hemodynamics: Strategies for Fluid and Medication Titration in Shock

42. Trauma

43. Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome and Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome

44. Burns

45. Mass-Casualty Competencies


46. Caring for the Patient in the Immediate Postoperative Period

47. Caring for the Critically Ill Pregnant Patient

48. Caring for a Pediatric Patient in an Adult Critical Care Unit

49. Caring for the Critically Ill Elderly Patient

50. Caring for the Critically Ill Patient with a Psychiatric Disorder

51. Caring for the Bariatric Patient

52. Oncologic Emergencies

53. Chemical Dependency

54. End-of-Life Care

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