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Kozier and Erb's Techniques in Clinical Nursing

Kozier and Erb's Techniques in Clinical Nursing "Basic to Intermediate Skills" / Edition 5


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Kozier and Erb's Techniques in Clinical Nursing "Basic to Intermediate Skills" / Edition 5

Providing current information in a clear, concise format, the Fifth Edition of Kozier & Erb's Techniques in Clinical Nursing continues to be a definitive source for clinical nursing skills. Progressing from the simple to the complex, each chapter places techniques in perspective to client anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology. Applying the nursing process to each technique, it illustrates a detailed step-by-step implementation while providing a thorough overview of the rationale and purpose. Appropriate as a stand alone in a skills-based course or as a companion to any Fundamentals or Medical-Surgical course with skills application.

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ISBN-13: 9780131142299
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Publication date: 07/15/2003
Edition description: REV
Pages: 752
Product dimensions: 8.36(w) x 10.94(h) x 1.10(d)

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The techniques performed by nurses exemplify the integration of knowledge, skill, attitude, and critical thinking necessary for effective clinical practice in the twenty-first century. The fifth edition of Techniques in Clinical Nursing has been completely revised and updated to reflect the significant changes in practice that have occurred since the previous edition. It includes:

  • The 166 most important techniques performed by nurses, including all common variations, organized from the simple to the more complex
  • New techniques such as Standard Precautions, Implementing Seizure Precautions, Applying a Sequential Compression Device, Measuring Peak Expiratory Flow, Administering Basic Life Support to the Hospitalized Client, and Using Alginates on Wounds
  • A total of 684 color illustrations and 118 new full-color photographs

Techniques in Clinical Nursing is intended as a primary textbook for nursing education programs and as a reference for practicing nurses. Content was selected based on feedback from reviewers of previous editions, a market survey by the publisher, and the extensive teaching and practice experience of the authors. New Technique Format

Each chapter contains concise introductory material, placing the techniques in perspective to client anatomy, physiology, and pathophysiology, and provides an overview of the rationale and purpose of the techniques. The presentation of each technique follows the steps of the nursing process and contains:

  • Review of the assessment data required before performing the technique
  • As a component of the planning phase, when it is and is not appropriate todelegate each technique to unlicensed assistive personnel (UAP)
  • Implementation steps, including client teaching, observation of standard infection control precautions, and client record documentation. Rationales are indicated by italic type
  • Considerations in evaluation of the technique, focusing on steps indicated for follow-up and communication with other members of the health care team
Hallmark Features

The fifth edition builds on the successful aspects of previous editions. The strong emphasis on assisting the learner and practitioner has been maintained by including:

  • Performance objectives
  • Detailed step-by-step implementation
  • Research and supplemental references
  • Extensive use of tables, boxes, and diagrams
New Features

Age-Related Considerations
With each technique for which they are appropriate, deliberations indicated when caring for infants, children, and elders are placed in highlighted boxes.

Modifications in Ambulatory and Community Settings
Increasingly, nurses are performing techniques in home and clinic environments that require adaptation from the steps used in hospitals. This featured content outlines client teaching regarding self-care and communication with the health care team, involvement of lay caregivers, and suggestions for altering techniques as indicated by the physical environment.

Forming Clinical Judgments
The nurse is challenged to consider appropriate responses to situations that can arise in performing the techniques in each chapter. Answers to the "Consider This" items are found in the Instructor's Manual.

A list of key terms is found at the end of each chapter.

Table of Contents

Unit IIntroduction
Chapter 1Foundational Techniques1
Unit IIHealth Assessment
Chapter 2Vital Signs15
Chapter 3Assessing Adult Health44
Chapter 4Specimen Collection142
Unit IIIMobility and Safety
Chapter 5Positioning the Client173
Chapter 6Mobilizing the Client202
Chapter 7Fall Prevention and Restraints222
Chapter 8Maintaining Joint Mobility235
Chapter 9Care of the Client in Traction250
Unit IVAssisting with Client Hygiene and Comfort
Chapter 10Client Hygiene258
Chapter 11Bedmaking287
Chapter 12Infection Control297
Chapter 13Heat and Cold Measures313
Chapter 14Pain Management323
Unit VNutrition and Elimination
Chapter 15Feeding Clients343
Chapter 16Assisting with Fecal Elimination365
Chapter 17Assisting with Urinary Elimination388
Chapter 18Caring for the Client with Peritoneal Dialysis410
Unit VICirculatory and Ventilatory Support
Chapter 19Promoting Circulation417
Chapter 20Breathing Exercises424
Chapter 21Oxygen Therapy434
Chapter 22Suctioning445
Chapter 23Caring for the Client with a Tracheostomy458
Chapter 24Caring for the Client with Chest Tube Drainage468
Chapter 25Administering Basic Life Support to the Hospitalized Client480
Unit VIIMedication Administration
Chapter 26Administering Oral/Enteral Medications499
Chapter 27Administering Topical Medications519
Chapter 28Administering Parenteral Medications538
Chapter 29Administering Intravenous Therapy578
Unit VIIIWounds and Injury Care
Chapter 30Performing Wound and Pressure Ulcer Care619
Chapter 31Cast Care644
Chapter 32Performing Perioperative Care654

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