Nursing the Highly Dependent Child or Infant: A Manual of Care / Edition 1

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Nursing the Highly Dependent Child or Infant: A Manual of Care provides an accessible and clinical guide to the caring for the acutely ill child. It provides guidance on the specific nursing skills required to care for children and infants who require a 'step up' level of care from those on the general paediatric ward or a 'step down' level of care on discharge from neonatal or paediatric critical care facilities.

Chapters follow a general systems approach, covering themes such as respiratory care, renal care and cardiac care as well as covering specialities such as neuro-trauma, burns and transportation of the acutely ill infant or child. Other areas explored include pain and sedation, monitoring and meeting the nutritional needs of the highly dependent child or infant.

Each chapter provides an overview of the anatomy & physiology, guidance on assessment and monitoring, and outlines effective nursing care and management guidance. Case studies are provided throughout as well as information on common drug infusions, feeding guidelines and APLS/NALS algorithms.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Jo Anne Wright, RN, MSN, CNS, B (University of New Mexico Children's Hospital)
Description: This book on the care of highly dependent children is written in such a way that it can be useful to practicing pediatric nurses as well as students.
Purpose: It is intended to address the nursing care of children needing a higher level of care than in a general pediatric ward.
Audience: The book is written for practicing pediatric nurses or may be used as a textbook for students in pediatric nursing. It would be an excellent adjunct to a general pediatric textbook. It is not written at a level appropriate for advanced practice nurses.
Features: Systems are individually addressed and include care from infancy through the teen years. This would be a useful resource for the care of infants and children who require a higher acuity of care such as in the intensive care unit or a subacute unit. The Discussion Points, Think Panels, and Top Tips are good ways to help readers remember important facts; these also could lead to group discussions. Tables are clear, concise, and easy to read. The book flows well from one chapter to the next.
Assessment: Because it is a U.K. publication, this book would be a more useful reference in Europe than in the U.S. British spelling and terms for a variety of procedures differ from U.S. usage. More importantly, medications and doses are different in the U.K than in the U.S.
From the Publisher
"Overall, good value for money and it will appeal to those who work in high dependency unit areas at any grade. Nursing students will also find the contents invaluable to support their specialist learning experience. Those working general children's wards will also benefit from the aspects of this book which will make an ideal reference copy." (Paediatric Nursing, February 2009)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405151764
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/10/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Michaela Dixon is a Lecturer/ Clinical Development Nurse in Paediatric Intensive Care holding a joint appointment between the University of the West of England and the United Bristol Healthcare Trust.

Doreen Crawford is a Senior Lecturer in the Family Centred Care Division at De Montfort University and ia Link Lecturer to the Neonatal Units and the Paediatric Intensive Care Units of the University Hospitals Leicester. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Higher Education and a committee member of the RCN Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Nurses Forum.

Debra Teasdale is Head of the Department of Health, Wellbeing and the Family, Faculty of Health and Social Care, Canterbury Christ Church University. Previously an Neonatal Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Debra developed expertise in Neonatal Intensive Care.

Jan Murphy is a Clinical Development Sister at the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at Birmingham’s Children’s Hospital. She is also a committee member of RCN Paediatric and Neonatal Intensive Care Nurses Forum,

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Table of Contents

List of contributors.

1 Introduction to paediatric high dependency care (Colin M. Way and Doreen Crawford).

2 Physiological monitoring (Debra Teasdale).

3 Respiratory (Caroline Haines).

4 Cardiac (Sandra Batcheler and Michaela Dixon).

5 Caring for a highly dependent child with fluid, electrolyte and nutritional requirements (Jill Cochrane, Doreen Crawford, Michaela Dixon and Janet Murphy).

6 The child with acute neurological dysfunction (Michaela Dixon and Janet Murphy).

7 Care of a child with a hepatic or metabolic disease (Graham Gordon, Doreen Crawford, Debra Teasdale and Michaela Dixon).

8 Renal (Kathryn Summers and Debra Teasdale).

9 Children who need management of pain and sedation (Doreen Crawford and Sarah Roberts).

10 Care of the child with a burn injury (Jane Leaver and Clare Thomas).

11 Infection and infection control (Katie Anderson, Felix Hay and Doreen Crawford).

12 Care of the child with haematological and oncological conditions (Karen Selwood, Michelle Wright and Doreen Crawford).

13 Play for the infant and child in the high dependency unit (Tina Clegg).

14 Transportation of the acutely ill child (Michaela Dixon, Marian Perrott and Gill West).

15 Ongoing care and management (Janet Murphy, Doreen Crawford and Michaela Dixon).

Appendix 1.

Appendix 2.

Appendix 3.

References, further reading and resources.

Useful websites.


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