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Overview

Now in its Second Edition, this handy reference is perfect for nurses entering or needing a refresher in critical care nursing. The book presents the latest information on over 100 critical care disorders in the award-winning Incredibly Easy! style, with light-hearted humor, memory joggers, recurring icons to emphasize key points, and numerous quick-scan tables, illustrations, and flow charts. Highlights of this edition include state-of-the-art information on hemodynamic monitoring and trauma, a new icon emphasizing evidence-based practice, and two new four-page full-color inserts.

A bound-in CD-ROM contains over 300 NCLEX®-style questions, plus concept maps and charts of nursing diagnoses and disorders.

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Reviewer: Filissa Marie Caserta, MSN (Johns Hopkins Hospital)
Description: This is a general overview of the main issues and diseases critical care nurses face.
Purpose: The purpose is to take the complicated realm of critical care nursing and make it understandable. Although the objectives are worthy, they are not fully met. In order to make the concepts simple, some very important pathology and treatment elements are omitted.
Audience: The book is intended for all critical care nurses. However, parts of it (the cartoons) are written in such a simple fashion to be construed as condescending to nurses at almost any level. It would not be appropriate for nursing students, either, as it does not delve deeply enough into the topics. Using the anatomy and assessment portions only could be beneficial as a quick review for experienced critical care nurses.
Features: The organization of the book as far as major body systems is very good. The use of high-quality illustrations and basic explanations for complicated equipment such as PA catheters, balloon pumps, and ventricular assist devices are beneficial. The original anatomy illustrations are also of very good quality. The succinct sections on quick anatomy review and assessment are excellent. The book uses icons to address specific issues, such as "senior moments," for example, which cover the special needs of the geriatric population. It is important when creating a book in this Made Incredibly Easy series to avoid insulting the readers' intelligence. Unfortunately, sections of this book seem to do just that. The cartoons include depictions of a female nurse in various costumes reiterating what was stated in the text. These are unnecessary and they do not add any new information nor do they help advance the image of nursing. Another concern is that when describing the nurse's role, the female pronoun is used. The organization of the book is poor, as treatment discussions precede discussions of disorders. Some key diseases commonly seen in critical care are not discussed at all, such as heparin-induced thrombocytopenia. Although the book states that it is evidence-based, it does not include any discussion of ARDSnet, surviving sepsis, stroke, TBI, or SCI guidelines. There is actually a treatment listed for traumatic brain injury that has been explicitly noted as possibly harmful to patients in the TBI guidelines (steroid use).
Assessment: This book needs to be updated to include the current, available guidelines for all of the critical care conditions. I would suggest removing the cartoons. If these and other suggested changes are made, this could be a good adjunct to critical care texts as a quick and easy reference.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582555607
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 9/1/2007
  • Series: Incredibly Easy! Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors and Consultants
Advisory Board
Foreword

1: Critical Care Basics
2: Holistic Care Issues
3: Neurologic System
4: Cardiovascular System
5: Respiratory System
6: Gastrointestinal System
7: Renal System
8: Endocrine System
9: Hematologic and Immune Systems
10: Multisystem Issues

Appendices:
Web Resources for Critical Care Nursing
Glossary

Selected References

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2008

    Great for the student or seasoned nurse

    Too many facts whizzing around in your head? This book, as well as the others in this series, does a great job in explaining procedures and diseases in a straight forward, here's what you need only, way. The concepts are easier to grasp and the memory joggers help a lot too. I would recommend this series to ANY medical professional. Especially good for students when the text books are too overwhelming and we don't need all the info they give us. This series helps you understand the concepts and processes easier. There's also some questions at the end of each chapter to help you grasp what you have read.

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  • Posted September 30, 2009

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    Ongoing Education

    I'm a cardiac nurse, it provides a good overall review for my career. It helps me keep my knowledge fresh as we don't use all that information all of the time. Sometimes it helps to review more obscure information, even basic information. This book provides an overview of cardiac education, I would recommend the ICU book for ICU nurses.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2009

    VERY HELPFUL

    I highly recommend this book to nursing student/new grads that might need the little extra help. I love the charts and diagrams in this book it really helps you understand all parts of the topics within!!

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