Pocket Guide to Basic Skills and Procedures 5e / Edition 5

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This popular pocket guide is a practical, portable reference for students and practitioners performing basic skills in any clinical setting. Grouped according to specialty area, nearly 100 commonly performed procedures are presented in a clear, step-by-step format that includes the purpose, equipment list, and rationales for each step.

· Skills presented in a clear, 2-column format with rationales for each step.
· Concise, consistent format for each skill.
· Nursing Process framework for skills is consistent with other nursing core texts and provides a logical flow.
· Standard Protocols summarizes essential steps required before, during, and after every nursing skill.

* New skills on Assessing for Orthostatic Hypotension, Applying Sequential Compression Stockings, Using Mechanical Lifts, Charting Client-Related Information, and Completing a Change of Shift Report.
* Delegation Considerations at the beginning of each skill detail the nurse's responsibilities when delegating specific skills to assistive personnel.
* Cultural and Spiritual Considerations follow appropriate skills.
* Client Responses Requiring Immediate Action identify potentially dangerous responses and provide appropriate nursing actions.
* Gloving logo identifies circumstances when the use of clean gloves is recommended.
* Standard Protocols highlights essential steps required for every nursing skill and eliminates repetition.

Spanish version of 4th edition also available, ISBN: 84-8174-391-7

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Reviewer: Betsy Frank, RN, PhD, ANEF (Indiana State University School of Nursing)
Description: This is a companion to Fundamentals of Nursing, 5th edition, by Potter and Perry (Mosby, 2001). It is an excellent addition to the total learning package which includes the textbook, skills text, workbook, and virtual hospital. The previous version was published in 1998 and this updated version includes some important features such as cultural considerations, an immediate nursing action alert box, and a logo for procedures requiring gloves.
Purpose: The authors state that this book provides step-by-step instructions for the most common procedures performed in a variety of clinical settings. Also included are equipment lists, rationales, and delegation points.
Audience: The book is aimed primarily at the student, but the authors state that practitioners will also find it useful. Students, in particular, will like this concise book and staff nurses will find it a useful companion to agency procedure books.
Features: Although there are more complete descriptions of the procedures in the accompanying textbook and skills text, this succinct book is useful for a quick review of previously learned skills or for learning new skills. The action alerts and teaching and delegation points, as well as the age appropriate considerations and home and long term care applications make the book useful for a variety of courses. Illustrations are small because of the size of the book, but larger illustrations can be found in the other components of the learning package.
Assessment: If a beginning student wants to take just one book to the clinical area, this would be it. It is easy to carry and the information is straightforward. Skills are outlined according to the latest standards of practice.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323019248
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 6/28/2002
  • Series: Nursing Pocket Guides
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.24 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Table of Contents

  1. Recording and reporting
  2. Vital signs
  3. Hygiene
  4. Pressure Ulcers
  5. Oxygenation
  6. Medications
  7. Fluids
  8. Tube feedings
  9. Elimination
  10. Positioning and transfers
  11. Infection control
  12. Care of the surgical client
  13. Dressings, binders, bandages, and application of hot and cold therapy
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