Core Curriculum for Pediatric Critical Care Nursing / Edition 2

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From the experts at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), comes the definitive resource on administering quality nursing care to critically ill pediatric patients. The 2nd edition has been updated to reflect the current state of pediatric critical care nursing practice and explores the anatomic, physiologic, and cognitive/psychosocial changes that occur across the lifespan of a child and identifies the ways in which these changes are affected by specific health problems. Using a systems-based approach for quick and easy reference, this authoritative resource covers developmental anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and defining characteristics of common pediatric disorders, clinical assessment, relevant pharmacology, monitoring and diagnostic testing, and therapeutic procedures. Disease coverage includes essential pathophysiology, etiology and risk factors, signs and symptoms, nursing and collaborative management, and complications. Also serves as an effective study guide for the pediatric CCRN certification examination.
  • This is the only certification review resource for pediatric critical care.
  • Endorsed by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the largest nursing specialty association in the world.
  • Case studies provide further review of selected patient problems.
  • Provides thorough coverage of multisystem problems, such as multiple trauma, toxicology, septic shock, and burns.
  • Disease discussions include essential pathophysiology, etiology and risk factors, signs and symptoms, nursing and collaborative management, and complications.
  • Content is divided by body systems for quick reference and investigates developmental anatomy and physiology, clinical assessment, pharmacology, diagnostic tests, and therapeutic procedures.
  • Includes information on the evolution of the AACN's synergy model.
  • A new section on Bioterrorism and other terror threats.
  • A new section on Stabilization of the Critically Ill Neonate and Child for Transport.
  • A new section on infectious diseases and appropriate antibiotic treatment provides content on resistant infections such as MRSA and VRE, as well as their potential for sepsis and prevalence in the PICU.
  • A new section on monitoring equipment and principles includes information on proper setup and use of monitoring equipment, and limitations of equipment.
  • Incorporates the latest pediatric drug information.
  • Covers conscious/deep IV sedation in the PICU.
  • Includes HIPPA regulations for bedside nursing care.
  • Updated case studies in the Appendix section feature accompanying questions and answers for review.
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Susan C. Immelt, PhD, RN (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This is the second edition of a sensitively presented, thorough reference for the care of the critically ill child. Introducing a family-centered framework for the care of sick children, it reviews pathophysiology, assessment, and management of problems associated with the failure of the major body systems in children. The first edition was published in 1998.
Purpose: The purpose is to serve as a comprehensive reference for nurses caring for critically ill children in any setting. As a reference, this is a useful addition to a pediatric critical care or acute care nurse's library. It does not have the depth and detail of a critical care textbook, but it provides quick and complete guidance for the practicing nurse. As such, the author's objectives are achieved.
Audience: This is intended as a reference for critical care nurses who care for children. It accomplishes this goal. In addition, it also provides a structure for a course in pediatric critical care nursing. The author has a thorough knowledge and evident comfort level with the topic. The contributors and reviewers are known contributors to the field of pediatric critical care.
Features: The book opens with a chapter on a systematic approach to working with families productively in the pediatric intensive care setting to assist the child in recovering from illness. The remaining chapters are arranged by major system. Each chapter begins with a discussion of the developmental anatomy and physiology of that system and proceeds through the major disorders and their management associated with that system. The art is simple, black-and-white line drawings, but they are clear, informative, and relevant. The tables of normal values, management principles, and diagrams of normal anatomy are all useful and easy to read.
Assessment: This is more than just a handbook, and less than a textbook. The experienced practitioner in the pediatric intensive care unit would find it helpful in everyday practice. It comprehensively covers major topics regularly seen in the pediatric ICU, and refers the reader to other references for further discussion of the topics. I would not recommend this to the student nurse; it requires a certain level of experience and understanding to get the most out of this book. Much has been updated in the second edition. Two chapters have been added — disaster preparedness and multisystem trauma. This edition recognizes the many contributions offered by nurses in multisystem trauma.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416001577
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 5/10/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 912
  • Sales rank: 174,348
  • Product dimensions: 7.26 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Caring for the Critically Ill Children and Their Families

2. Pulmonary System

3. Cardiovascular System

4. Neurologic System

5. Renal System

6. Endocrine System

7. Gastrointestinal System

8. Hematology and Immunology

9. Multisystem Issues

Multiple Trauma
Septic Shock
Bioterrorism NEW!
Stabilization of the Critically Ill Neonate and Child for Transport NEW!

Appendix: Case Studies

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  • Posted May 9, 2009

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    Debbie W. RN BSN CEN

    I have been an Emergeny Department nurse for over 25 years. Recently started working in just pediatric emergency department. This book starts in the womb and does a very indepth job of pathophysiology. I would recommend it to anyone in any department of pediatrics.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2008

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    As a career pediatric nurse with 8 years experience, I decided to move up to PCCU. This text has been an enormous help! The information is very up to date. The case studies in the back are great for applying what you learn. The chapters are divided by body system and are easy to follow. My only complaint is that the author uses abbreviations that are sometimes hard to follow. I would absolutely recommend this to anyone going to PCCU!

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