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Vital Signs for Nurses: An Introduction to Clinical Observations

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Accurate clinical observations are the key to good patient care and fundamental to nursing practice. Vital Signs for Nurses will support anyone in care delivery to enhance their skills, reflect upon their own practice and assist in their continuing professional development. This practical introductory text explores how to make assessments of heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, pain and nutrition. It also looks at issues of infection control, record-keeping and legal and ethical considerations. With case ...

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Overview

Accurate clinical observations are the key to good patient care and fundamental to nursing practice. Vital Signs for Nurses will support anyone in care delivery to enhance their skills, reflect upon their own practice and assist in their continuing professional development. This practical introductory text explores how to make assessments of heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, pain and nutrition. It also looks at issues of infection control, record-keeping and legal and ethical considerations. With case studies and examples throughout, this text will be invaluable to all healthcare assistants, student nurses, Trainee Assistant Practitioners and students on foundation degrees.

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"This is a really good book for first and second years. It is short yet comprehensive enough for students to learn all the basics behind taking obs. The explanations are clear and to the point, explaining the rationale behind each of the activities... for a new student nurse this book is pitched perfectly."; 3rd year nursing student, University of Manchester
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405190381
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 4.80 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Joyce Smith is Lecturer in Adult Nursing at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Salford.

Rachel Roberts is Matron in Medicine and Elderly at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

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Table of Contents

Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Introduction.

1 Legal and Ethical Principles (Joyce Smith).

2 Infection Prevention (Rachel Roberts).

3 The Respiratory System (Joyce Smith and Rachel Roberts).

4 The Cardiovascular System (Joyce Smith and Rachel Roberts).

5 Temperature (Rachel Roberts and Joyce Smith).

6 Urine Output (Rachel Roberts).

7 Pain: The Fifth Vital Sign (Rachel Roberts and Joyce Smith).

8 Early Warning Scoring Tools (Joyce Smith).

9 Communication (Rachel Roberts).

10 Nutrition (Rachel Roberts).

11 Blood Glucose Monitoring (Joyce Smith).

12 Record Keeping (Joyce Smith and Rachel Roberts).

13 Continuing Professional Development (Joyce Smith).

14 Reflective Practice (Rachel Roberts).

15 Conclusion and Multiple Choice Questions (Joyce Smith).

Glossary of Terms.

Answers to Practice Points and Multiple Choice Questions.

Index.

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