Fast Facts for the Cardiac Surgery Nurse: Everything You Need to Know in a Nutshell

Fast Facts for the Cardiac Surgery Nurse: Everything You Need to Know in a Nutshell

by Tanya MS Hodge
     
 

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A succinct yet comprehensive reference tool for cardiac surgery nurses, this new addition to the Fast Facts series provides quick access to frequently used information regarding the care of cardiac surgery patients. It encompasses the timeline from pre-op to recovery period, with a special focus on the prevention and management of commonly seen post-op

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A succinct yet comprehensive reference tool for cardiac surgery nurses, this new addition to the Fast Facts series provides quick access to frequently used information regarding the care of cardiac surgery patients. It encompasses the timeline from pre-op to recovery period, with a special focus on the prevention and management of commonly seen post-op complications. The book addresses surgical treatments for coronary artery disease, valve disease, descending aortic aneurysms, and congenital heart disease in adults, and covers patient presentation and diagnostic tests, immediate and extended post-operative period care, cardiac rehabilitation programs, and patient education.



Intended for daily use, this reference not only contains important guidelines for all nurses caring for cardiac surgery patients, but reinforces highly specialized skills and supports the development of new skills. It will be highly valuable to new graduates and nurses who are considering a switch to cardiac care, as well as seasoned practitioners.



Key Features:


  • Provides a handy pocket reference for new and experienced cardiac care nurses
  • Clearly organized for easy reference to equipment, procedures, and pre- and post-op specialty care
  • Includes "Fast Facts in a Nutshell" feature to help guide the new nurse
  • Pays special attention to the differences between CHD and manifestations of other
    heart disease states
  • Pinpoints sensitive nursing indicators and ways to improve patient care

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Editorial Reviews

Reviewer: Elaine C Hannigan, RN, MSN(Purdue University School of Nursing)
Description: This overview of the surgical treatment of cardiac disease describes the care of patients preoperatively, intraoperatively, postoperatively (both immediate and extended), and discharge.
Purpose: It provides a good introduction to the care of cardiac surgery patients and management of commonly seen postoperative complications.
Audience: It is intended to be used by nurses working in progressive care or interventional units to help them understand the experience of patients undergoing cardiac surgical procedures. This book would be a helpful for novice nurses or practitioners unfamiliar with this area. More experienced nurses would most likely find this book too basic to be useful for more than a quick review.
Features: The book's five parts address the preoperative, intraoperative, initial postoperative, extended postoperative care of patients undergoing cardiac surgical procedures and their long-term recovery. Each section presents helpful "Fast Facts in Nutshell." Illustrations, unfortunately, are in black and white and lack detail, but tables listing important information are well done.
Assessment: The title led me to expect that this book would be a reference for nurses working in the operating room or in an intensive care unit caring for cardiac surgery patients. It is much too basic to be useful for these nurses. Experienced cardiac surgery nurses would want much more detail on medication therapy and early diagnosis of potential postoperative complications such as cardiac tamponade through rhythm strip analysis. Information in this book is not unlike that found in a typical medical-surgical nursing textbook, but the pocket size presents the material in a concise and easily readable format.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826108326
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/20/2011
Series:
Fast Facts
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
580,674
File size:
1 MB

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