Medical-Surgical Nursing Clinical Handbook: Critical Thinking in Client Care / Edition 3

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Serves as a portable, quick-reference to accompany Medical-Surgical Nursing. Organized alphabetically for a succinct review that allows you to bring the information you learn from class into the clinical setting. Review of Common disorders and conditions, including pathophysiology, nursing diagnoses, interventions, client teaching, and home care, presented in a clear and easy to understand manner.
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Reviewer: Penny Wolfe Moore, RNC, PhD (Southwestern Adventist University)
Description: This is the third edition of a handbook that compiles the "most common health problems nursing students are likely to encounter in medical-surgical nursing" in alphabetical order. It is said to be pocket-sized, but at 644 pages, it is quite heavy.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a "handy, pocket-sized reference. . .primarily as a supplement to the third edition of Medical-Surgical Nursing: Critical Thinking in Client Care." The handbook is crossed-referenced to the main text, but it may also be used as a stand-alone reference. This is an excellent goal and the handbook accomplishes it.
Audience: Nursing students are the primary audience for this handbook, especially students who use the third edition of the main book as their primary medical-surgical textbook. It will be very useful on medical-surgical units as a quick reference for an unfamiliar disorder. The authors are credible; they are both in academia but there is no indication that nurses in practice contributed.
Features: This handbook of health problems is organized in alphabetical order for quick retrieval. Each condition includes an overview (definition, incidence, pathophysiology), causes, manifestations, diagnostic tests, management (medical and nursing), and home care teaching. It is great for giving the basic information about many health issues; if in-depth information is needed, this is not the book to reference.
Assessment: As a companion to the main text, this handbook is great. As a stand alone reference for health problems, it is just not as helpful as some others such as Handbook of Diseases, 3rd edition (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2003). In addition, it is really not pocket friendly, so moving to a larger, more in-depth book for reference might be more helpful.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780130483973
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 8/5/2003
  • Edition description: Third
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 644
  • Product dimensions: 3.94 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Acid-Base Disorders 1
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome 6
Adrenal Cortical Insufficiency (Addison's Disease) 11
Alzheimer's Disease 14
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, Lou Gehrig's Disease) 18
Anaphylaxis 21
Anemia 25
Aneurysm 30
Angina Pectoris 34
Anthrax 38
Appendicitis 41
Asthma 44
Bell's Palsy 49
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia 51
Bladder Cancer 54
Bone Tumor, Primary 58
Brain Tumor (Benign and Malignant) 61
Breast Cancer 66
Bronchiectasis 72
Bronchitis, Acute 75
Bronchitis, Chronic 76
Calcium Imbalance 81
Cancer 87
Candidiasis (Moniliasis, Yeast Infection, Thrush) 94
Cardiomyopathy 97
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 101
Cataract 103
Cervical Cancer 105
Cervicitis 109
Chlamydial Infection 111
Cholecystitis 114
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease 117
Cirrhosis 123
Colorectal Cancer 129
Condyloma Acuminata (Genital Warts) 133
Coronary Heart Disease 135
Crohn's Disease 139
Cushing's Syndrome 143
Cystic Fibrosis 147
Decubitus Ulcers (Pressure Ulcers, Bedsores) 151
Diabetes Insipidus 154
Diabetes Mellitus 157
Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA) 163
Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation 165
Diverticular Disease 169
Dysfunctional Uterine Bleeding 173
Emphysema 176
Empyema 179
Encephalitis 181
Endocarditis 184
Endometrial (Uterine) Cancer 188
Endometriosis 192
Epilepsy (Seizure Disorder) 195
Fibrocystic Breast Disease 201
Flail Chest 203
Fluid Volume Deficit (Dehydration) 206
Fluid Volume Excess (Hypervolemia) 210
Fracture 214
Gastritis 219
Gastroenteritis (Enteritis, Food Poisoning, Cholera, Traveler's Diarrhea) 223
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease 226
Glaucoma 229
Glomerulonephritis 234
Gonorrhea 239
Gout (Gouty Arthritis) 242
Guillain-Barre Syndrome 244
Heart Failure (Congestive Heart Failure) 248
Hemophilia 253
Hemorrhoids 257
Hepatitis 260
Hernia 264
Herniated Intervertebral Disk 266
Herpes Simplex Virus - Herpes Labialis (Cold Sores, Fever Blisters), Herpes Genitalis, Herpetic Whitlow, HSV Keratitis 269
Hiatal Hernia 273
Hodgkin's Disease 276
Human Immunodeficieny Virus Disease 280
Hyperglycemia 286
Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic State 289
Hyperparathyroidism 291
Hypersensitivity 294
Hypertension 301
Hyperthyroidism (Thyrotoxicosis) 306
Hypoglycemia 310
Hypoparathyroidism 312
Hypothyroidism 314
Increased Intracranial Pressure 318
Influenza 321
Intestinal Obstruction 324
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (Spastic Colitis) 329
Kaposi's Sarcoma 332
Legionnaires' Disease 335
Leukemia 337
Lyme Disease 343
Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin's 346
Magnesium Imbalance 351
Melanoma 356
Meniere's Disease 360
Meningitis (Bacterial, Viral, Fungal) 363
Mononucleosis 367
Multiple Myeloma 369
Multiple Sclerosis 373
Muscular Dystrophy 376
Myasthenia Gravis 378
Myocardial Infarction 381
Myocarditis 387
Near-Drowning 391
Occupational Lung Disease 395
Osteoarthritis 398
Osteomalacia (Rickets) 401
Osteomyelitis 404
Osteoporosis 406
Otitis, Otitis Externa (Swimmer's Ear), Otitis Media 409
Ovarian Cancer 413
Pancreatic Cancer 417
Pancraatitis 420
Parkinson's Disease 424
Pelvic Inflammatory Disease 427
Peptic Ulcer Disease 430
Pericarditis 435
Peripheral Vascular Disease 439
Peritonitis 443
Pertussis (Whooping Cough) 447
Pheochromocytoma 449
Phosphate Imbalance 451
Pleural Effusion 456
Pneumonia 459
Pneumothorax 463
Poliomyelitis, Postpolio Syndrome 466
Polycystic Kidney Disease 469
Polycythemia 472
Polyneuropathy 475
Potassium Imbalance 479
Prostate Cancer 484
Psoriasis 487
Polmonary Edema 490
Pulmonary Embolism 494
Pyelonephritis 498
Raynaud's Phenomenon 502
Renal Calculi (Nephrolithiasis, Kidney Stones) 504
Renal Failure 508
Respiratory Failure 517
Rheumatoid Arthritis 522
Scoliosis 527
Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) 529
Shock (Hypovolemic, Cardiogenic, Distributive, Septic) 533
Sickle Cell Anemia 537
Skin Cancer, Nonmelanoma (Basal Cell, Squamous Cell) 540
Smallpox 543
Sodium Imbalance 544
Stroke (CVA, Brain Attack) 549
Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone Secretion 553
Syphilis 556
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus 559
Testicular Cancer 563
Tetanus 566
Thromboangiitis Obliterans (Buerger's Disease) 569
Thrombocytopenia 572
Tonsillitis 575
Trigeminal Neuralgia 577
Tuberculosis 580
Ulcerative Colitis 586
Urinary Tract Infection 590
Uterine Myoma (Fibroids, Leiomyomas) 594
Vaginitis 597
Valvular Heart Disease 599
Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) Infection (Chickenpox, Herpes Zoster [Shingles]) 607
Varicose Veins 610
New Variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease 613
Venous Insufficiency, Chronic 614
Venous Thrombosis (Thrombophlebitis) 616
Vitiligo 621
West Nile Fever 623
Tables 625
Index 629
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The Clinical Handbook for Medical-Surgical Nursing: Critical Thinking in Client Care is a handy, pocket-sized reference for the care of clients with health problems often encountered in clinical situations. While primarily developed as a supplement to the third edition of Medical-Surgical Nursing: Critical Thinking in Client Care, to which it is cross-referenced by chapter, the Clinical Handbook may also be used as a stand-alone reference text. It provides nursing students essential information in an easy-to-follow format, allowing them to respond quickly when a client's condition changes or when they are assigned to a new client.


The Clinical Handbook covers the most common health problem nursing students are likely to encounter in medical-surgical nursing. The conditions appear in alphabetical order for quick retrieval of the most vital information.


The Clinical Handbook presents varying amounts of information about each condition according to its prevalence and/or seriousness.

  • Overview includes the definition of the condition, its classification within other categories, incidence, and basic pathophysiologic mechanisms.
  • Causes lists actual causes, when known, or provides a risk-factor assessment when appropriate.
  • Manifestations appear in order of those most characteristic of the condition to those less frequently encountered.
  • Diagnostic Tests include the most frequently used laboratory tests, diagnostic imaging tests, and/or other testing methods, as well as the significance of abnormal results.
  • Collaborative Managementlists the medications and treatments most commonly associated with each condition.
  • Selected Nursing Diagnoses with Interventions list the nursing diagnoses of high priority, with related nursing interventions.
  • Home Care and Teaching provides teaching topics and referral sources, as appropriate, for clients who are being discharged from a health care facility or who provide self-care at home.
  • Cross-references guide students to more detailed information available in Medical-Surgical Nursing: Critical Thinking in Client Care.

Every effort has been made to ensure that the Clinical Handbook is as accurate, current, and practical as possible so that nursing students can find ready answers to clinical problems.

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