Mosby's Nursing PDQ for Critical Care / Edition 2

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Precise, yet comprehensive, this portable guide provides rapid access to vital nursing information for the acute care management of patients in the critical care setting. Key topics include disorders, treatment, assessment, procedures, monitoring, drug therapy, lab values, scoring tools and helpful formulas. It fits easily into your scrub pocket with 10 tabbed sections and a convenient spiral binding that allows it to lie flat on any given page. Whether you use it as a clinical resource, a study tool, or a quick refresher, this full-color resource offers quick access to just the right amount of practical, must-know critical care nursing information.

• The spiral binding and handy pocket size make this an ideal clinical companion.
• Waterproof and stain-resistant pages keep your PDQ reference guide performing like new in any clinical setting.
• Color-coded tabs and a concise index make it easy to quickly locate key information.
• Provides at-a-glance access to commonly used clinical information, such as formulas, conversions, and lab values.

• New content on Bispectral monitoring (BIS), levels of hypoxemia, neurologic emergency conditions, and an updated pulse rating scale keep you up to date with the latest advances in the field.
• New strategies for preventing ventilator-acquired pneumonia help you reduce the occurrence of this complication.
• Expanded coverage includes updated information on modes of mechanical ventilation and Intracranial Pressure (ICP).
• Coverage of pain assessment for the patient who cannot respond offers tips for providing better patient care.
• New illustrations visually reinforce essential concepts, such as defibrillation positions and venous waveform.
• An increased emphasis on safety issues provides tips and guidelines for providing safe, effective patient care.

Pocket-sized for portability, these new quick-reference resources provide quick, easy access to the information you need to know! Water- and stain-resistant pages stand up to the daily wear-and-tear of the clinical setting.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323074063
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 216
  • Sales rank: 628,533
  • Product dimensions: 4.10 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Clinical Associate Professor, Arizona State University, College of Nursing, Tempe, AZ

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Table of Contents

Evidence-Based Practice (EBP)

Steps of EBP

Guide to Develop PICOT Questions


Cardiac Auscultatory Sites

Auscultation of the Heart

Blood Pressure

Pulse Pressure



Defibrillation vs. Cardioversion

Intraaortic Balloon Pump


Cerebral Spinal Fluid Pressure Monitoring and Drainage in Thoracic Aortic Aneurysm

Effect of Cardiovascular Drugs on Hemodynamics


ECG Paper

Electrocardiograph Lead Placement


Lead Uses

Monitoring Ischemia, Injury, and Infarction

Determining ST Segment Deviation

Components of Normal Electrocardiogram

Electrolyte Imbalances and ECG Characteristics

Rhythm Strip Interpretation


Wellen's Syndrome

Wide QRS Tachycardia

Differentiating Bundle Branch Block

ECG Changes with Myocardial Infarctions

Emergency Cardiac Drugs

Hemodynamic Monitoring

Pulmonary Artery

SvO2 Monitoring

Troubleshooting Invasive Hemodynamic Monitoring Lines

Radial Arterial Line



Chest Radiograph


Weaning and Extubation




Neuromuscular Blockade

Intracranial Hypertension


Topography of Abdomen


Renal Conditions

Endocrine Conditions




Equipment and Procedure

Emergency Drugs

Age Specific Preparation of Children for Procedures






Facts: Guides, Labs and Tools

Guide to Assessing Cultural Preferences

Guide to Assessing Pain

Tools for Pain Assessment

Guide to Assess Presence of SIRS, Sepsis and Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome

Tool for Quantifying Organ Dysfunction

Laboratory Values

Tools to Calculate Drug Dosages

Nomogram to Determine BSA

Physiologic Formulas

Tools to Estimate % BSA Burn

National Safety Patient Goals 2010- The Joint Commission

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