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Overview

An introduction to critical care, this book is focused on elements that are essential for the novice critical care nurse to understand. Safe practice is a recurrent theme and essential safety initiatives are in highlighted boxes with specific issues related to the content in each chapter. Included are the purpose, the rationale, and highlighted recommendations, with a Media Link for more information. NANDA Nursing Diagnoses are also suggested for the disorders and diseases presented to help the reader categorize the nursing problems that may accompany the medical diagnoses. An essential reference for the Critical Care Nurse

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780131722101
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 8/15/2008
  • Series: MyNursingLab Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen Ouimet Perrin Ph.D., RN, CCRN
Kathleen Perrin is a professor of nursing at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she teaches critical care nursing, professional nursing, ethics, and understanding suffering. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, her master’s degree from Boston College, and her Ph.D. from Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She has been a practicing critical care nurse for over 30 years and a member of the American Association of Critical Care (AACN) Nurses for nearly as long. Kathleen has served on the board of the Southern New Hampshire AACN and is a past president of the chapter. She is currently President of the Epsilon Tau chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. She has published and presented in the areas of critical care nursing, nursing ethics, nursing history, suffering experienced by patients as well as health care providers, and conflict among members of the health care team.
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Table of Contents

chapter 1 What Is Critical Care? 1

chapter 2 Care of the Critically Ill Patient 22

chapter 3 Care of the Patient with Respiratory Failure 47

chapter 4 Interpretation and Management of Basic Dysrhythmias 78

chapter 5 Cardiodynamics and Hemodynamics Regulation 113

chapter 6 Care of the Patient Experiencing Shock or Heart Failure 131

chapter 7 Care of the Patient with Acute Coronary Syndrome 151

chapter 8 Care of the Patient Following a Traumatic Injury 183

chapter 9 Care of the Patient Experiencing an Intracranial Dysfunction 208

chapter10 Care of the Patient with a Cerebral or Cerebrovascular Disorder 239

chapter11 Care of the Critically Ill Patient Experiencing Alcohol Withdrawal and/or Liver Failure 263

chapter12 Care of the Patient with an Acute Gastrointestinal Bleed or Pancreatitis 307

chapter13 Care of the Patient with Endocrine Disorders 336

chapter14 Care of the Patient with Acute Renal Failure 361

chapter15 Care of the Organ Donor and Transplant Recipient 383

chapter16 Care of the Acutely Ill Burn Patient 413

chapter17 Care of the Patient with Sepsis 445

chapter18 Caring for the ICU Patient at the End of Life 468


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