Monitoring the Critically Ill Patient / Edition 2

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Monitoring the critically ill patient is a practical guide to monitoring acutely ill patients on the general ward. Critically ill patients are increasingly cared for outside intensive care units and all nurses need to be able to accurately monitor critically ill patients in their care.

Monitoring the critically ill patient assumes no prior knowledge and equips students and newly qualified staff with the clinical skills and knowledge they need in order to confidently monitor patients at risk, identify key priorities, and provide prompt and effective care. It was developed in response to NHS policies relating to critical care and adopts a system-by-system approach, exploring respiratory function, cardiovascular function, neurological function, renal function, gastrointestinal function, hepatic function, endocrine function, nutritional status, and temperature in turn. This revised and updated second edition includes an additional chapter on outreach, medical emergency teams and early warning scoring systems. A final chapter explores monitoring during transport.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This whistle-stop guide would provide a great addition to any junior nurses' book collection … .A short well-constructed introduction to monitoring critically ill patients." (Open Forum, November 2008)

"This book is invaluable for students going into their acute placements and for newly qualified nurses on the wards...a conveniently sized and inclusive guide." (Nursing Standard)

"A welcome addition to the reading list for undergraduate students undertaking a complex needs module." (International Emergency Nursing)

"This compact and easily navigated text provides the reader with the principles of monitoring the critically ill patient." (Science Direct)

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Cynthia Lee Cummings, RN, MSN, EdD (University of North Florida Brooks College of Health)
Description: This book outlines the body systems, methods of monitoring those systems, and how to identify critical changes in patients. It includes some examples and pictures of equipment and some pertinent case studies. This edition adds information on monitoring patients receiving blood transfusions, patients with systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS), pregnant patients, and critically ill children.
Purpose: It is intended as an aid to nurses caring for critically ill patients. It attempts to provide an overview of all systems and how to best care for patients at risk. Although these are worthy objectives, I do not feel the book is needed or that it meets the needs of nurses in the acute care setting.
Audience: Novice nurses caring for critically ill patients are the intended audience.
Features: The book covers all of the body systems and highlights monitoring and identification of problems. The beginning chapters cover rapid response identification areas. The book does a good job covering the main areas of respiratory and cardiac functioning as well as the new additions on SIRS and caring for pregnant patients. The major shortcoming of the book is that it is really a recapitulation of content found in medical-surgical and critical care books. It also is dull, lacking color and highlights. As a U.K.-authored book, it references acronyms and equipment not necessarily familiar to a U.S. audience.
Assessment: This is mainly a brief outline of the major body systems and, while it provides some good information, it reiterates information that nurses should already be aware of. The material on the use of ventilators and hemodynamic monitoring is good, but it could be highlighted and delineated in a more reader-friendly format. The book could be more colorful, providing color pictures of new equipment, highlighting important areas and new research, and providing more examples for the care of critically ill patients. It could omit the areas that should be common knowledge.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405144407
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/21/2007
  • Series: Essential Clinical Skills for Nurses Series , #11
  • Edition description: Revised
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 4.85 (w) x 7.35 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Jevon is a Resuscitation Council UK ALS Instructor at Manor Hospital, Walsall.

Beverley Ewens is Formerly Nurse Consultant for Critical Care, Manor Hospital, Walsall.

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Table of Contents

1. Recognition and Management of the Critically Ill Patient;.

2. Assessment of the Critically Ill Patient;.

3. Monitoring Respiratory Function;.

4. Monitoring Cardiovascular Function 1: ECG Monitoring;.

5. Monitoring Cardiovascular Function 2: Haemodynamic Monitoring;.

6. Monitoring Neurological Function;.

7. Monitoring Renal Function;.

8. Monitoring Gastrointestinal Function;.

9. Monitoring Hepatic Function;.

10. Monitoring Endocrine Function;.

11. Monitoring Nutritional Status;.

12. Monitoring Temperature;.

13. Monitoring During Transport;.

14. Record Keeping

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