Principles and Techniques of Patient Care / Edition 3

Principles and Techniques of Patient Care / Edition 3

by Frank M. Pierson
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Elsevier Health Sciences
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Principles and Techniques of Patient Care / Edition 3

Updated and expanded, the 2nd edition of this text presents clear-cut, "how-to" instructions on properly evaluating vital signs, treating patients who require special equipment or care, and much more. Well-illustrated techniques and procedures demonstrate positioning and draping the patient, patient transfer, and ambulation activities, with rationales and physiologic principles that explain why techniques are used. It emphasizes a basic approach and straightforward clinical applications related to patient care.

• APTA's Guide to Physical Therapist Practice and a Normative Model of Physical Therapist Education, defines the terms "assessment" and "evaluation" to clarify how the terms are used throughout the book.
• An overview of the impairment/disability model found in the APTA's Guide to Physical Therapist Practice is included.
• The discussion of inter-professional collaboration has been expanded to include the roles of the PT and PTA in the health care team.
• Suggestions are incorporated for an evaluation of the home and workplace of a person with a disability.
• Problem-solving strategies help the reader address real-world situations.
• Assessment of pain as a component of vital sign patterns is now included in the chapter on vital sign assessment (Chapter 3).
• Basic concepts related to cultural diversity and assessment of the environment for a person with a disability help readers develop a sense of cultural sensitivity and awareness in caring for patients with disabilities.
• A self-study/discussion section at the end of each chapter encourages readers to think about how they would handle real-life situations.

• New photographs have been added related to wheelchair, lifting, bed mobility, lymphedema, and functional activities.
• Content has been reorganized to follow the logical sequence of patient care in a clinical environment.
• New boxes, tables, and procedures in several chapters reinforce key information.
• A new chapter on infection control (Chapter 2) shows how diseases can be controlled by hand washing techniques, isolation precautions, and application and removal of protective garments.
• A new chapter on basic wound care and specialized interventions (Chapter 11) includes principles and techniques related to lymphedema management and cardiopulmonary physical therapy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780721693798
Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
Publication date: 10/02/2002
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 8.86(w) x 10.68(h) x 0.81(d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction to Patient Care Activities
Chapter 2: Approaches to Infection Control
Chapter 3: Assessment of Vital Signs
Chapter 4: Body Mechanics
Chapter 5: Positioning and Draping
Chapter 6: Basic Exercise—Passive and Active
Chapter 7: Transfer Activities
Chapter 8: Wheelchair Features and Activities
Chapter 9: Ambulation Aids, Patterns, and Activities
Chapter 10: Special Equipment and Patient Care Environments
Chapter 11: Basic Wound Care and Specialized Interventions
Chapter 12: Incidents and Emergencies
Chapter 13: Americans with Disabilities Act: A Review

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