Thelan's Critical Care Nursing: Diagnosis and Management / Edition 5

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This classic resource for critical care nursing is now a full-color text that provides a thorough examination of all the important aspects of critical care nursing with more appealing illustrations and design elements. Organized in ten units around alterations in body systems, this text's depth and scope will appeal to both novice and expert, while instructors praise its comprehensiveness and depend on its clinical relevance to inform their teaching and practice.

• Special Feature list located in the inside front and back covers provide a quick reference for finding this information.
• Clinical Applications promote student learning and critical thinking by illustrating the clinical course of a patient experiencing the history, clinical manifestations, treatment, and outcomes discussed.
• Data Collection feature incorporates information that should be included as part of the patient's history.
• Nursing Diagnoses feature fosters critical thinking and decision making in a boxed "menu" of nursing diagnoses, complete with specific etiologic or related factors.
• Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) feature lists the important nursing actions for a variety of nursing interventions that would be commonly incorporated in the management of a critically ill patient requiring a specific therapeutic management.
• Patient Education feature list the special topics that should be taught to the patient and family to prepare them for discharge.

• Pharmacologic Management Tables outline the common medications, along with any special considerations, used in treatment of the different disorders presented in the text.

• Full-color design and illustrations visually enhance the text.
• Evidence-Based Collaborative Practice feature highlights important research based articles on important topics like diabetic ketoacidosis, coronary artery disease and stable angina, and severe sepsis to help students understand the clinical significance of the problem.
• Patient Safety Alert feature highlights any safety issue for the learner that is specific and related to the chapter discussion as well as prepares the learner for important clinical situations.
• Collaborative Management boxes focus on the aspects of multidisciplinary care in the management of patients in the critical care setting. These are found in the nursing management sections, where appropriate, and are a numbered box.
• Pulmonary Disorders chapter now covers SARS.
• Neurologic Alterations chapters are restructured to three chapters in the unit.
• Organ Donation and Transplantation chapter now has important information on organ donation and procurement process.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Julie A. Stanik-Hutt, PhD, ACNP, CCNS (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This fifth edition of a well known critical care nursing textbook replaces the outdated version published in 2001. The first section covers the foundations of critical care nursing and the second section focuses on special populations of critically ill individuals (children, pregnant women, elders, and patients undergoing surgical procedures). The rest of the book presents information organized in a systems format, and concludes with a section on multisystem problems.
Purpose: While not specifically stated, the book is written for undergraduate nursing students. It serves this audience well, as have previous editions.
Audience: The book is intended for use by undergraduate nursing students and is written at a level appropriate for them. The first section of foundational content related to critical care nursing creates the context for subsequent disease-specific chapters. The editors are seasoned experts in critical care nursing, and contributors hold relevant advanced academic degrees and certifications and are experienced practitioners.
Features: The first section covers the historical, ethical, and legal basis for this nursing specialty. Chapters cover common problems of interest to nursing, sleep, pain, nutrition, agitation, patient education, psychological support, and end of life care. The section on special populations is unique. The last section of the book, focusing on multisystem problems, includes specific chapters on organ donation and transplantation and on hematologic and oncologic emergencies, topics rarely covered in basic critical care nursing textbooks. The rest of the book covers the typical systems-formatted content and includes the standard anatomy/physiology, patient assessment, diagnostic procedures, and common diagnoses and management.
Assessment: This updated version includes unique sections on pregnant patients, end of life care, organ donation and transplantation, and oncologic emergencies. While it would be nice to see more comprehensive coverage of the end of life and oncologic emergencies, this book at least introduces these issues. The section on mechanical ventilation, a very commonly deployed therapy in critical care, is extremely limited. One feature which will be particularly useful for students is the use of the highlighted boxes that focus on nursing diagnoses and nursing interventions classification (NIC) activities. Boxes also emphasize points related to patient education, pharmacology, patient history, and collaborative practice. Multiple additional online student and instructor resources are also available through the Evolve Learning System. This is a useful resource (in a very crowded field) for undergraduate students venturing into critical care nursing practice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323032483
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 11/11/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 1216
  • Product dimensions: 8.82 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.64 (d)

Table of Contents

Unit I Foundations of Critical Care Nursing
1. Critical Care Nursing Practice
2. Ethical Issues
3. Legal Issues
4. Patient/Family Education
5. Psychosocial Issues
6. Sleep Alterations
7. Nutrition Alterations and Management
8. Pain and Pain Management
9. New! Agitation and Sedation Management
10. New! End of Life Issues
Unit II Special Populations
11. The Pediatric Patient in the Adult Critical Care Unit
12. High-Risk and Critical Care in Obstetric Issues
13. Gerontologic Alterations and Management
14. Perianesthesia Management
Unit III Cardiovascular Alterations
15. Cardiovascular Anatomy and Physiology
16. Cardiovascular Clinical Assessment
17. Cardiovascular Diagnostic Procedures
18. Cardiovascular Disorders
19. Cardiovascular Therapeutic Management
Unit IV Pulmonary Alterations
20. Pulmonary Anatomy and Physiology
21. Pulmonary Clinical Assessment
22. Pulmonary Diagnostic Procedures
23. Pulmonary Disorders
24. Pulmonary Therapeutic Management
Unit V Neurologic Alterations
25. Neurologic Anatomy and Physiology
26. Neurologic Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Procedures
27. Neurologic Disorders and Therapeutic Management
Unit VI Renal Alterations
28. Renal Anatomy and Physiology
29. Renal Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Procedures
30. Renal Disorders and Therapeutic Management
Unit VII Gastrointestinal Alterations
31. Gastrointestinal Anatomy and Physiology
32. Gastrointestinal Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Procedures
33. Gastrointestinal Disorders and Therapeutic Management
Unit VIII Endocrine Alterations
34. Endocrine Anatomy and Physiology
35. Endocrine Clinical Assessment and Diagnostic Procedures
36. Endocrine Disorders and Therapeutic Management
Unit IX Multisystem Alterations
37. Trauma
38. Shock
39. Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome and Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome
40. Burns
41. Organ Donation and Transplantation
42. New! Hematologic Disorders and Oncologic Emergencies
UNIT X Nursing Management Plans
Appendix: Physiological Formulas for Critical Care

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