Saunders Nursing Survival Guide: Critical Care & Emergency Nursing / Edition 2

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Overview

Part of the popular Saunders Nursing Survival Guide series, this book prepares you to manage the most common health care problems you'll see in critical care, trauma, or emergency settings. Each chapter is organized from the most immediate and life-threatening conditions to less emergent critical care conditions. Its lighthearted, cartoon-filled approach simplifies difficult concepts, covering each body system in terms of current practice standards.
  • Consistent headings break content into four succinct areas of review: What (subject) IS, What You NEED TO KNOW, What You DO, and Do You UNDERSTAND?
  • Clinical terms and shorthand expressions are highlighted, exposing you to terminology used in the hospital setting.
  • A color insert illustrates concepts and principles of critical care and emergency nursing, including various complications
  • Mnemonic devices aid your memory and interactive activities help you learn, with exercises including fill in the blank, matching, word jumbles, true/false, and crossword puzzles.
  • Special icons help you focus on vital information:
    • Take Home Points help you prepare for clinical rotations.
    • Caution notes alert you to dangerous conditions and how to avoid them.
    • Lifespan notes point out age-related variations in signs and symptoms, nursing interventions, and patient teaching.
    • Culture notes cite possible variations related to a patient’s cultural background.
    • Web links direct you to Internet resources for additional research and study.
  • What You WILL LEARN learning objectives help you identify quickly the content covered and goals for each chapter.
  • NCLEX„¥ examination-style review questions at the end of each chapter allow you to test your understanding of content and practice for the Boards.
  • Cartoon characters with brief captions help to better explain difficult concepts.
  • Margin notes are streamlined for ease of use and effectiveness.
  • Content updates reflect current practice and emergent situations, including increased focus on disaster preparedness, code management, updated ACLS guidelines, and hypertension.
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Editorial Reviews

From The Critics
Reviewer: Angela K Sullivan, ADN (University of Arkansas of Little Rock)
Description: The authors effectively cover critical care and emergency nursing in a concise, thorough manner that even new graduate RNs can grasp.
Purpose: The purpose is to explain difficult concepts in an easy to understand manner to help nursing students master them. Critical care and emergency medicine are two specialties that take years, even for seasoned nurses, to achieve competence. The authors effectively present this difficult material, enabling the most novice professionals to grasp the concepts with ease.
Audience: The book is intended for nursing students, as well as for nursing professionals to use as a comprehensive review.
Features: The material is organized by body system and each chapter covers the most common health problems nurses are likely to encounter. Illustrations further emphasize key points, as do the subheadings. The "take home" points are interesting and informative.
Assessment: The book is successful in presenting difficult concepts in a manner suitable for nursing students, as well as providing NCLEX-style questions for student nurses to reinforce those concepts.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416061694
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Series: Saunders Nursing Survival Guide Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Sales rank: 346,662
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1. Review of Hemodynamics

2. Shock Trauma

a. Anaphylaxis and Anaphylactic Shock

b. Cardiogenic Shock

c. Hypovolemic Shock

d. Neurogenic Shock

e. Septic Shock

3. Trauma and Emergency Care

a. Rapid Sequence Intubation

b. Increased Intracranial Pressure

c. Traumatic Brain Injury

d. Acute Hemmorrhage/Penetrating Trauma

e. Cardiac Tamponade

f. Hypothermia

g. Near Drowning

h. Overdose

i. Disaster Preparedness

4. Cardiovascular System

a. Angina

b. Acute Coronary Syndrome

c. Heart Failure

5. Respiratory System

a. Non-invasive Ventilation

b. Mechanical Ventilation

c. Pulmonary Embolus

d. Acute Respiratory Distress

6. Nervous System

a. Seizure

b. Status Epilepticus

c. Meningitis

d. Spinal Cord Injuries

e. Spinal Cord Compression

7. Gastrointestinal System

a. Gastrointestinal Bleeding

b. Bowel Obstruction

c. Pancreatitis

d. Liver Failure

8. Renal System

a. Acute Tubular Necrosis

b. Chronic Renal Failure

c. Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy

9. Endocrine System

a. Hyperglycemia

b. Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone

c. Diabetes Insipidus

d. Cerebral Salt Wasting

10. Hematolgic System

a. Thrombocytopenia

b. Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation

11. Integumentary System

a. Burns

b. Necrotizing Fascitis

12. Multisystem

a. Code Management (New ACLS Guidelines; Rapid Response Teams)

b. Multiorgan Dysfunction Syndrome

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