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Fast Facts for the Critical Care Nurse: Critical Care Nursing in a Nutshell
     

Fast Facts for the Critical Care Nurse: Critical Care Nursing in a Nutshell

by Michele Landrum
 

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ISBN-10: 0826107281

ISBN-13: 9780826107282

Pub. Date: 07/27/2011

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

This pocket-sized reference for new and seasoned intensive care unit (ICU) nurses contains critical knowledge presented in the clear, precise, "Fact Facts" format. It provides quick access to a broad array of guidelines, procedures, and equipment used by ICU nurses daily as well as on a less frequent basis.

The book covers assessment and procedural skills,

Overview

This pocket-sized reference for new and seasoned intensive care unit (ICU) nurses contains critical knowledge presented in the clear, precise, "Fact Facts" format. It provides quick access to a broad array of guidelines, procedures, and equipment used by ICU nurses daily as well as on a less frequent basis.

The book covers assessment and procedural skills, medications, intravenous (IV) therapy, nutrition, wound care, sterile field setup, and patient preparation. It facilitates equipment mastery for respiratory and cardiac care along with troubleshooting tips for monitoring and mechanical devices. Also included is information on specific types of critical care units, such as cardiac, surgical, neuro, and the burn unit. Documentation, advance directives, organ donations, palliative and end-of-life care are also discussed.

The resource addresses the requirements of The Joint Commission and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, such as isolation precautions and use of personal protective equipment. Other important information is provided such as normal hemodynamic measurements, basic electrocardiographic (EKG) rhythms, 12-lead EKG electrode placement, and a "Do Not Use" abbreviation list in the appendix that will help prevent medication errors.

Key Features:

  • Provides quick access to information needed on a daily basis
  • Covers equipment, medications, procedures, and specialty care
  • Includes reliable data for basic EKG rhythms, IV therapy, expected treatments and patient care, abbreviation list, and troubleshooting tips
  • Targeted to new ICU nurses, and experienced critical care nurses alike
  • Helps nurses quickly access information with the "Fast Facts in a Nutshell" feature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780826107282
Publisher:
Springer Publishing Company
Publication date:
07/27/2011
Series:
Fast Facts Series
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
598,025
Product dimensions:
0.00(w) x 0.00(h) x 0.00(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Part I: Foundations of Critical Care

1. Critical Care Nursing Overview

2. The Importance of Documentation

3. Advance Directives and Organ Donation

4. Withdrawal of Treatment and Palliative Care

Part II: Critical Care Basics

5. Basic Patient Care in the Critical Care Setting

6. Patient Nutrition

7. The Sterile Field, Pre-procedural Patient Preparation, and Conscious Sedation

8. Isolation Precautions and Personal Protective Equipment

9. Everything IV

Part III: Critical Care Equipment Competencies

10. The Respiratory Station

11. Arterial Blood Gases, Arterial Lines, and Pulmonary Artery Catheters

12. Discussing Dialysis and Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy

13. Cardiac Specialty Equipment

Part IV: The Specialty Critical Care Unit

14. Surgical and Orthopedic Recovery Guidelines

15. The Neuro ICU

16. General Cardiac Care and Post-Coronary-Artery-Bypass-Graft Patients

17. Transplant Patients

18. Burn Unit Basics

Appendix A: "Do Not Use" List for Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Symbols

Appendix B: Basic EKG Rhythm Examples

Appendix C: 12 Lead EKG Electrode Placement

Appendix D: Normal Hemodynamic Values and Vital Signs

Appendix E: List of Abbreviations

References

Index

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