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Overview

This invaluable guide is a down-to-earth basic reference that offers quick, easy-to-access information for all critical care professionals. Information is presented by organ system and arranged alphabetically within each category; the book also includes a comprehensive table of contents. Originally compiled as a "little black book" for use by Nancy Diepenbrock, her students, and colleagues, this reference includes blank space so that it can continue to be customized by its readers. 195 images, including line drawings and photos, and 40 tables help readers to quickly understand information.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

This important guide offers a quick response to the urgent questions critical care nurses ask themselves everyday. What began as the author's "little black book" for personal use in her own intensive care career has evolved into an essential guide for all critical care professionals. Well-organized and very current, the book serves as a down-to-earth basic reference for important facts and quick solutions. Information is presented in categories:by organ system:and arranged alphabetically for easy access. A comprehensive table of contents offers thorough coverage of every significant aspect of critical care. Blank space:provided for the user's own commentary:allows the reader to "customize" the book for personal use.

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Editorial Reviews

Mary R. Perrecone
This is a concise and thorough guide, with content divided into chapters by organ system and reference base. A wealth of illustrations and tables are provided to assist in understanding concepts within critical care. According to the author, the purpose is to serve as a ""memory jogger"" when time is crucial, leaving detailed clinical information to an in-depth textbook. These worthy objectives are met. The author indicates this book is published for nurses, residents, and students. I feel that the novice to advanced practice nursing, as well as any healthcare professional in critical care, could benefit from the quick reference information provided. It is difficult to assess the author's credibility, though the title of intensive care staff nurse and national critical care certification enhances the author's authority. The major body systems are covered in Chapters 1 through 7 and topics are organized alphabetically within each chapter. The cardiovascular system chapter is extremely comprehensive. It includes the Allen's test, EKG interpretation parameters, and Swan-Ganz waveforms with algorithms for clinical decision making. The book is presented in an organized, easy-to-use format, with the addition of a host of anagrams, mnemonics, tables, and charts. Three additional chapters on Drugs & Doses, Conversions, Calculations & Compatibility and Lab Values have been included. Special features include extra space to add notes for institution specific protocols or personal reference. This is an essential quick reference that should be at the bedside in every critical care unit. I would highly recommend this reference for all novice critical care nurses as part of theirorientation. A simple, well organized, easy to reference format necessary in the critical care environment is provided.
From The Critics
Reviewer:Mary R. Perrecone, RN, MS, CCRN(Rush University College of Nursing)
Description:This is a concise and thorough guide, with content divided into chapters by organ system and reference base. A wealth of illustrations and tables are provided to assist in understanding concepts within critical care.
Purpose:According to the author, the purpose is to serve as a "memory jogger" when time is crucial, leaving detailed clinical information to an in-depth textbook. These worthy objectives are met.
Audience:The author indicates this book is published for nurses, residents, and students. I feel that the novice to advanced practice nursing, as well as any healthcare professional in critical care, could benefit from the quick reference information provided. It is difficult to assess the author's credibility, though the title of intensive care staff nurse and national critical care certification enhances the author's authority.
Features:The major body systems are covered in Chapters 1 through 7 and topics are organized alphabetically within each chapter. The cardiovascular system chapter is extremely comprehensive. It includes the Allen's test, EKG interpretation parameters, and Swan-Ganz waveforms with algorithms for clinical decision making. The book is presented in an organized, easy-to-use format, with the addition of a host of anagrams, mnemonics, tables, and charts. Three additional chapters on Drugs & Doses, Conversions, Calculations & Compatibility and Lab Values have been included. Special features include extra space to add notes for institution specific protocols or personalreference.
Assessment:This is an essential quick reference that should be at the bedside in every critical care unit. I would highly recommend this reference for all novice critical care nurses as part of their orientation. A simple, well organized, easy to reference format necessary in the critical care environment is provided.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781747172
  • Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Health
  • Publication date: 9/5/2000
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 420
  • Product dimensions: 0.93 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 5.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Part 1: Neurologic System 1

Part 2: Cardiovascular System 69

Part 3: Pulmonary System 152

Part 4: Gastrointestinal and Urinary Systems 204

Part 5: Renal System 233

Part 6: Endocrine System 254

Part 7: Hematologic and Immune Systems 267

Part 8: Drugs, Doses,Tables 287

Part 9: Conversions, Calculations, Compatibility 339

Part 10: Labs 349

Part 11: Miscellaneous 360

Index 387

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2006

    Great Easy to use book

    I recently started in a SICU and this book has been a tremedous help. The references are quick and easy. Since my collegues have seen my book, several have also purchased it. I also bought several other Critical Care books and have found this one most helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2005

    EASY, CONCISE, and LIGHTWEIGHT

    The easiest BEST critical book EVER...... Ive worked in ICU for 25 yrs and this is the BEST .. GREAT for the new and experienced. Quick simple and light weight to carry with you. a must have !!!!!!!!!!!!

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