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Overview

User-friendly and easy to understand, Introduction to Critical Care Nursing, 6th Edition offers clear, concise coverage of essential critical care concepts, technology, and procedures. Completely updated, evidence-based content addresses the latest advances in high-acuity care and emphasizes patient safety and optimum patient outcomes. Plus, an abundance of active learning resources and realistic case studies enables you to apply your knowledge and strengthen your critical thinking and clinical decision-making skills.

  • Case studies challenge you to apply concepts from the book to real-life, patient-specific cases with lab results and accompanying questions to test your critical thinking skills.
  • Critical thinking questions in every chapter encourage you to apply the concepts presented throughout the chapter.
  • Evidence-Based Practice boxes illustrate how research and evidence are used to address problems in patient care and their implications for nursing practice. Boxes include the AACN’s new system for Level of Evidence: A, B, C, D, E, and M.
  • Nursing care plans provide nursing diagnoses, expected patient outcomes, and interventions with rationales to prepare you for clinical practice.
  • Clinical Alerts promote patient safety and better clinical care by highlighting potential problems and concerns for a variety of settings.
  • Laboratory Alerts discuss both common and cutting-edge tests and procedures, emphasizing the importance of laboratory test results to critical nursing care.
  • Pharmacology tables detail the actions/usage, indications, dosages/routes, side effects, and nursing implications of commonly used critical care drugs.
  • A new chapter on Solid Organ Transplantation provides information on caring for both donors and recipients receiving these increasingly common procedures, emphasizing the commonalities and unique attributes for the various transplantations.
  • Enhanced ECG measurement coverage helps you master this complex area with standardized ECG strips that are 6 seconds long and computer rendered for clarity.
  • An emphasis on QSEN competencies enables you to gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for providing high-quality, safe health care.
  • NEW! Bariatric Considerations boxes highlight the effects of obesity on critical illness, as well as important safety alerts and interventions for the morbidly obese.
  • NEW! Colorful design includes full-color illustrations that visually clarify key concepts and revised algorithms that use color to enhance your understanding of the latest American Heart Association guidelines.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Comprehensive and well laid out, it takes an in-depth approach to the fundamental concepts and tools for critical care nursing." Nursing Standard, September 2009

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323088480
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 11/8/2012
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 768
  • Sales rank: 125,110
  • Product dimensions: 8.58 (w) x 10.68 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Table of Contents

PART I. FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS

  1. Overview of Critical Care Nursing
  2. Patient and Family Response to the Critical Care Experience
  3. Ethical and Legal Issues in Critical Care Nursing
  4. End-of-Life Care in the Critical Care Unit
  5. PART II. TOOLS FOR THE CRITICAL CARE NURSE

  6. Comfort and Sedation
  7. Nutritional Support
  8. Dysrhythmia Interpretation and Management
  9. Hemodynamic Monitoring
  10. Ventilatory Assistance
  11. Rapid Response Teams and Code Management
  12. PART III. NURSING CARE DURING CRITICAL ILLNESS

  13. Shock, Sepsis, and Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome
  14. Cardiovascular Alterations
  15. Nervous System Alterations
  16. Acute Respiratory Failure
  17. Acute Kidney Injury
  18. Hematological and Immune Disorders
  19. Gastrointestinal Alterations
  20. Endocrine Alterations
  21. Trauma and Surgical Management
  22. Burns
  23. Solid Organ Transplantation NEW!
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