Clinician's Guide to Surgical Care / Edition 1

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The non-surgeon's all-in-one guide to surgical patient care

Written by a foremost team of surgeons, nurses, and physician assistants, Clinician's Guide to Surgical Care utilizes a problem-based approach to review the most commonly encountered complaints that lead to surgical consultations.

You'll get a solid foundation in the survival procedures necessary for the evaluation of surgical diseases, along with the effective administration of follow-up care. The author explains a team approach to surgical disease, the surgical consult, and general care of the surgical patient.

Rely on the Clinician's Guide to Surgical Care to help you learn:

  • What past medical information is important to elicit
  • What to look for in the physical exam
  • Which diagnostics to order
  • How to start immediate treatment while diagnostic procedures continue
  • And much more!
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Josie Martin Bowman, RN, MSN, PhD (East Carolina University )
Description: This book, developed for nonphysician clinicians, both nurse practitioners and physician assistants, is meant to be used to "improve critical thinking in surgical disease."
Purpose: The purpose is to fill in the gaps in the traditional material presented to surgical trainees and surgical nurses. The guide is intended to be used to make a diagnosis, but then readers need to refer to a more comprehensive text.
Audience: Although written for nurse practitioners and physician assistants, the book could be used by other healthcare professionals. The contributors include physicians, primarily surgeons, and nurse pratitioners and physician assistants.
Features: The first of the book's three sections presents an overview of surgical care and pre- and postoperative care. The second section covers surgical problems, using a problem-based approach. Areas covered include history, physical exam, and diagnostic tests used to develop a plan. The third section explores the most common surgical conditions that could cause the problem. There are minimal diagrams, most related to the surgical procedure.
Assessment: This book is useful for clinicians who practice using a medical model. The pre- and postoperative care information can be useful to other healthcare professionals. I would recommend this book for practitioners, but not for the general nursing population.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071478977
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/19/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr. John P. Pryor, MD is Assistant Professor of Surgery and the Trauma Program Director in the Division of Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care at The University of Pennsylvania.

Barbara A. Todd, MSN CRNP FAANP is the director of the Non-Physician Practitioners (NPP) at the Hospital University of Pennsylvania and adjunct faculty at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Nursing.

Michael Dryer PA-C DrPH is Chair of the Department of Medical Science and Community Health at Arcadia University's Physician Assistant Program, which is the second largest PA program in the United States.

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Table of Contents

Contributing Authors     ix
Preface     xiii
General Surgical Care
A Team Approach to Surgical Care   Michael Dryer   Barbara Todd   John P. Pryor     3
The Surgical Consultation   Laurie L. Strockoz-Scaff   David W. Scaff     9
General Care of the Surgical Patient   Barbara Todd   Mary A. Williams     15
Tubes, Drains, and Ostomies   Shannon Sweeney   Bryan A. Cotton     27
Respiratory Compromise   Martha M. Kennedy   Elliott R. Haut     43
Hemodynamic Failure   Denise M. Zappile   Susan R. McGinley   Babak Sarani     59
Fluid Imbalance   Heidi B. Nebelkopf Elgart   Michael D. Grossman     71
Changes in Mental Status   Eileen Maloney-Wilensky   Joshua M. Levine     83
Sepsis   Ruth M. Kleinpell   James S. Krinsley     95
Surgical Problems
Acute Abdominal Pain   Rita Rienzo   Adam D. Fox     105
Chronic Abdominal Pain   Ruby A. Skinner   Terri R. Martin     123
Chest Pain   Susan Baker-Sample   Jeffrey Cope     139
Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding   Corinna P. Sicoutris   John P. Pryor     155
Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding   Michael Daly   Oscar Guillamondegui     169
Wounds and Wound Care   Jessica Brown   Claudia E. Goettler   Michael F. Rotondo     179
Peripheral Vascular Insufficiency   Teresa Krosnick   G. Melville Williams     193
Neurologic Disturbances   Judy Nunes   Kenneth Vives     209
Masses   Jenna Gates   Jeffrey A. Drebin     225
Anal Pain   Michael David Fejka III   Najjia N. Mahmoud     241
Abnormal Uterine Bleeding   Abigail Tripp Berman   Virgen Milagros Figueroa   Donovan Dixon     253
Pelvic Pain   Abigail Tripp Berman   Virgen Milagros Figueroa   Donovan D. Dixon     261
Neck and Back Pain   John N. Awad   Robert V. Dawe     269
Hematuria   Courtney C. Morton   C. William Schwab II     283
Scrotal Pain   Courtney C. Morton   C. William Schwab II     299
Obesity   Mary E. Haskell   J. Stephen Marshall      307
Soft-Tissue Lesions   Joanna C. Ellis   Mary Kate FitzPatrick   Benjamin Braslow     321
List of Procedures     331
Index     335
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