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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Angela Bliley, MS, RN (Loyola University Niehoff School of Nursing)
Description: In this second edition, general critical care principles are presented, then sections are organized according to alterations in the major body systems. The pathophysiology, assessment and diagnostic procedures, potential system disorders, medical treatments, and priorities (NANDA diagnoses) for nursing management are described for each body system.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a resource for critical care nursing that fosters the development of critical thinking skills and decision making by student nurses and critical care nurses.
Audience: This book is intended for student nurses and clinicians practicing critical care nursing. It would be a useful tool for the beginner and a valuable resource for the clinician.
Features: Most chapters are well illustrated, although some are lacking any illustrations. Important features of the book are the numerous tables presented throughout the chapters and the detailed reference lists at the end of each chapter. In addition, to avoid duplication of nursing activities within the chapters, the nursing management plans with the related nursing diagnosis are described in the final section and referenced throughout the chapters.
Assessment: This book is an excellent reference for the practicing critical care nurse and for the student nurse learning critical care nursing. The user can easily and quickly obtain pertinent information when assessing, planning and intervening with critically ill patients. The numerous tables presented throughout the chapters help the reader obtain concise and valuable knowledge. New to this edition are chapters concerning gerontology, burn care, and shock and multiple organ dysfunction syndrome, as well as an instructor's resource manual and a series of critical care nursing videos. This resource book is appropriate for individuals, nursing libraries, and in-patient nursing units.