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Overview

The 2nd edition of Critical Care Skills builds on its solid reputation as a superior clinical handbook and bedside reference that presents techniques based on the realities of clinical practice. This manual is comprised of varying technical skills and methods detailing procedures in the following areas: pulmonary care, cardiovascular, intravenous therapy, gastrointestinal, musculoskeletal, wound management, special procedures, and specimen collection. Its small size and spiral binding offer easy access and transport for practicing nurses, educators, and students alike.

• Pearls are technical tips for the user to apply to each procedure from an advanced, experienced point of view.
• Note call-outs provide a wide array of information relative to each procedure and its value, purpose, and equipment used.
• Caution call-outs alert the user to sensitive issues and possible adverse effects of a procedure.
• The Cardiovascular section of the book contains 60 illustrations of waveforms and ECGs.
• Each of the eight sections of the book contain multiple detailed illustrations of equipment and step-by-step procedures

• Features 10 new procedures, including:

• Noninvasive Ventilation
• ST Segment Monitoring
• Intra-abdominal Pressure Monitoring
• Intracerebral Oxygen Saturation Monitoring
• BiPAP
• Partial Non-Rebreathing Mask
• Tracheostomy Collar
• Continuous Venovenous Hemofiltration Dialysis
• Electrolyte Administration Chart
• Baseline Assessment Chart

• References to Parkland Memorial Hospital are minimized

"'...developed and used by faculty from the Critical Care & Trauma Nurse Internship at Parkland Memorial Hospital... details 60 of the most commonly perfomred skills, their purpose, and the equipment used."

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Reviewer: Joyce B. Vazzano, BS, MS (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This second edition handbook presents clear and easy to follow steps for 45 critical care technical procedures. There are numerous (black-and-white) illustrations, references and "pearls of wisdom" for each procedure, in addition to "note call-outs" that provide a wide variety of information for each procedure and "caution call-outs" that alert the reader to sensitive issues and possible adverse affects of a procedure. The first edition was published in 1996.
Purpose: The purpose is to be a bedside reference for practicing critical care nurses, whether they be novices or advanced practitioners. It is also intended to be useful for nursing faculty, both in the university and hospital setting. This worthy objective that is accomplished in this book.
Audience: According to the author, the book is intended for both practicing critical care nurses and instructors in both the university and hospital setting. This is an appropriate resource for both groups. All six authors are colleagues in the Parkland Memorial Hospital Critical Care and Trauma Nurse Internship, which is a structured educational program that prepares new baccalaureate nursing graduates for critical care practice, and Barbara Clark Mims Associates, which is a continuing education provider for critical care nurses. They are credible authorities.
Features: This book covers procedures critical care nurses will be involved with in the ICU setting according to the pulmonary, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and musculoskeletal systems. It also covers wound management, IV therapy, special procedures, and specimen collection. Topics new to this edition include noninvasive ventilation, ST segment monitoring, intra-abdominal pressure monitoring, brain tissue oxygen monitoring, BIPAP, partial non-rebreathing mask, tracheostomy collar, and continuous venovenous hemofiltration dialysis. Each section is thorough and easy to understand. The purpose of the procedure is clearly stated. Multiple notes are indicated in each section to provide quick access to information related to each procedure and its value, purpose, and equipment needed. The procedures are outlined in a step-by-step approach that result in optimal practice. Appropriate figures and tables are included. Cautions are marked with an alert sign (!) to warn the clinician of possible problems for which to monitor. Information on what needs to be documented for each procedure is included. At the end of each procedure, "pearls" assist the clinician with tips and important cognitive information relevant to each skill. There are three appendixes: abbreviation/symbol list, laboratory values, and clinical calculations that are nice references. A shortcoming of this book is that there are no color pictures, which would be beneficial.
Assessment: This is an excellent up-to-date clinical handbook. It is clearly written and comprehensive. The intended audience of critical care nurses and instructors is appropriately targeted. The six authors are experts in their field. In order to provide nurses with state-of-the-art practices based on current research, a new edition is justified.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Joyce B. Vazzano, BS, MS (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This second edition handbook presents clear and easy to follow steps for 45 critical care technical procedures. There are numerous (black-and-white) illustrations, references and "pearls of wisdom" for each procedure, in addition to "note call-outs" that provide a wide variety of information for each procedure and "caution call-outs" that alert the reader to sensitive issues and possible adverse affects of a procedure. The first edition was published in 1996.
Purpose: The purpose is to be a bedside reference for practicing critical care nurses, whether they be novices or advanced practitioners. It is also intended to be useful for nursing faculty, both in the university and hospital setting. This worthy objective that is accomplished in this book.
Audience: According to the author, the book is intended for both practicing critical care nurses and instructors in both the university and hospital setting. This is an appropriate resource for both groups. All six authors are colleagues in the Parkland Memorial Hospital Critical Care and Trauma Nurse Internship, which is a structured educational program that prepares new baccalaureate nursing graduates for critical care practice, and Barbara Clark Mims Associates, which is a continuing education provider for critical care nurses. They are credible authorities.
Features: This book covers procedures critical care nurses will be involved with in the ICU setting according to the pulmonary, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and musculoskeletal systems. It also covers wound management, IV therapy, special procedures, and specimen collection. Topics new to this edition include noninvasive ventilation, ST segment monitoring, intra-abdominal pressure monitoring, brain tissue oxygen monitoring, BIPAP, partial non-rebreathing mask, tracheostomy collar, and continuous venovenous hemofiltration dialysis. Each section is thorough and easy to understand. The purpose of the procedure is clearly stated. Multiple notes are indicated in each section to provide quick access to information related to each procedure and its value, purpose, and equipment needed. The procedures are outlined in a step-by-step approach that result in optimal practice. Appropriate figures and tables are included. Cautions are marked with an alert sign (!) to warn the clinician of possible problems for which to monitor. Information on what needs to be documented for each procedure is included. At the end of each procedure, "pearls" assist the clinician with tips and important cognitive information relevant to each skill. There are three appendixes: abbreviation/symbol list, laboratory values, and clinical calculations that are nice references. A shortcoming of this book is that there are no color pictures, which would be beneficial.
Assessment: This is an excellent up-to-date clinical handbook. It is clearly written and comprehensive. The intended audience of critical care nurses and instructors is appropriately targeted. The six authors are experts in their field. In order to provide nurses with state-of-the-art practices based on current research, a new edition is justified.
From The Critics
Reviewer:Joyce B. Vazzano, BS, MS(Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description:This second edition handbook presents clear and easy to follow steps for 45 critical care technical procedures. There are numerous (black-and-white) illustrations, references and "pearls of wisdom" for each procedure, in addition to "note call-outs" that provide a wide variety of information for each procedure and "caution call-outs" that alert the reader to sensitive issues and possible adverse affects of a procedure. The first edition was published in 1996.
Purpose:The purpose is to be a bedside reference for practicing critical care nurses, whether they be novices or advanced practitioners. It is also intended to be useful for nursing faculty, both in the university and hospital setting. This worthy objective that is accomplished in this book.
Audience:According to the author, the book is intended for both practicing critical care nurses and instructors in both the university and hospital setting. This is an appropriate resource for both groups. All six authors are colleagues in the Parkland Memorial Hospital Critical Care and Trauma Nurse Internship, which is a structured educational program that prepares new baccalaureate nursing graduates for critical care practice, and Barbara Clark Mims Associates, which is a continuing education provider for critical care nurses. They are credible authorities.
Features:This book covers procedures critical care nurses will be involved with in the ICU setting according to the pulmonary, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, and musculoskeletal systems. It also covers wound management, IV therapy, special procedures, and specimen collection. Topics new to this edition include noninvasive ventilation, ST segment monitoring, intra-abdominal pressure monitoring, brain tissue oxygen monitoring, BIPAP, partial non-rebreathing mask, tracheostomy collar, and continuous venovenous hemofiltration dialysis. Each section is thorough and easy to understand. The purpose of the procedure is clearly stated. Multiple notes are indicated in each section to provide quick access to information related to each procedure and its value, purpose, and equipment needed. The procedures are outlined in a step-by-step approach that result in optimal practice. Appropriate figures and tables are included. Cautions are marked with an alert sign (!) to warn the clinician of possible problems for which to monitor. Information on what needs to be documented for each procedure is included. At the end of each procedure, "pearls" assist the clinician with tips and important cognitive information relevant to each skill. There are three appendixes: abbreviation/symbol list, laboratory values, and clinical calculations that are nice references. A shortcoming of this book is that there are no color pictures, which would be beneficial.
Assessment:This is an excellent up-to-date clinical handbook. It is clearly written and comprehensive. The intended audience of critical care nurses and instructors is appropriately targeted. The six authors are experts in their field. In order to provide nurses with state-of-the-art practices based on current research, a new edition is justified.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780721600857
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 12/25/2003
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Pulmonary
1: Chest Tubes
2: Endotracheal Tube
3: Mechanical Ventilation
4: Neuromuscular Blockade in the Ventilated Patient
5: Noninvasive Ventilation *
6: Oropharyngeal Airway
7: Oxygen Delivery Devices
8: Peripheral Nerve Stimulator
9: Pulse Oximetry
10: Tracheostomy Care
Part II: Cardiovascular
11: Arterial Pressure Monitoring
12: Cardiac Monitoring
13: Cardiac Output (Bolus Thermodilution Method)
14: Central Venous Catheter
15: Defibrillation and Synchronized Cardioversion
16: Doppler
17: Intra-aortic Balloon Counterpulsation
18: Fluid Filled Monitoring Systems
19: Pulmonary Artery Pressure Monitoring
20: Continuous Cardiac Output and Svo2 Monitoring
21: ST Segment Monitoring *
22: Temporary Epicardial Pacing
23: Temporary Transvenous Pacing
24: Transcutaneous Pacing
Part III: Intravenous Therapy
25: Administration of Blood and Blood Components
26: Administration of Albumin/Plasma Protein Fraction
27: Dosage Calculation of Intravenous Drug Infusions
28: Nursing Management of Intravenous Catheters
29: Intravenous Push Medication Administration
30: Administration of Parenteral Nutrition
Part IV: Gastrointestinal
31: Enteral Nutrition
32: Nasogastric Tube
33: Small-Bore Feeding Tube
Part V: Musculoskeletal
34: Cervical Immobilization
35: Skeletal Traction
Part VI: Wound Management
36: Burn Wound Management
37: Escharotomy/Fasciotomy
38: Wound Drainage Systems
Part VII: Special Procedures
39: Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy
40: Epidural Analgesia
41: Intra-abdominal Pressure Monitoring *
42: Intracerebral Oxygen Saturation Monitoring *
43: Intracranial Pressure Monitoring
Part VIII: Specimen Collection
44: Culture Specimen Collection
45: Obtaining an Arterial Blood Gas Specimen: Radial Artery and Dorsalis Pedis Artery Puncture
46: Obtaining Blood for Type and Crossmatch
Appendix A Laboratory Values
Appendix B Clinical Calculations
Appendix C Electrolyte Administration Chart *

* indicates new to this edition.

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