2nd Edition

Acute Nursing Care Recognising and Responding to Medical Emergencies

Edited By Helen Dutton, Ian Peate Copyright 2021
    602 Pages 143 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    602 Pages 143 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Delays in recognising deterioration, or inappropriate management of people in acute care settings can result in late treatment, avoidable admissions to intensive care units and, in some instances, unnecessary deaths. As the role of the nurse in healthcare settings continues to change and evolve, today's nursing and other healthcare students need to be equipped with the fundamental skills to recognise and manage deterioration in the patient in a competent and confident manner, appreciating the complexities of caring for those who are acutely unwell as you learn to become practitioners of the future.

     Using a body systems approach, and fully updated in light of new NEWS2 and NMC future nurse standards, as well as acknowledging the challenges faced by people with delirium in acute care settings, the second edition of this book provides a comprehensive overview of the essential issues in this important subject. Topics covered include recognition and identification of physiological and mental deterioration in adults; identification of disordered physiology that may lead to a medical emergency linked to deterioration of normal function; relevant anatomy and physiology; pathophysiological changes and actions that need to be taken; immediate recognition and response; investigations, diagnosis and management issues; and teaching and preventative strategies.

    Including case studies and test yourself questions, this book is an essential tool for student nurses who are required to undertake acute care experiences and are assessed in theory and practice.


    1.      Assessment and Recognition of Emergencies in Acute Care   

    Helen Dutton


    2.      Vulnerability in the Acutely Ill Patient    

     Ian Peate


    3.      The Cell and Tissues 

    John Mears


    4.      Body Fluids and Electrolytes          

    John Mears

    Michelle Treacy


    5.      The Patient with Acute Respiratory Problems      

     Anthony Wheeldon


    6.      The Patient with Acute Cardiovascular Problems  

    Helen Dutton

    Sharon Elliot


    7.      Recognition and Management of Cardiopulmonary Arrest      

    Sharon Elliott


    8.      The Patient with Acute Renal Problems   

    Ian Naldrett


    9.      The Patient with Acute Neurological Problems     

    Kit Tong


    10.  The Patient with Acute Gastrointestinal Problems     

    Rebecca Maindonald

    Adrian Jugdoyal


    11.  The Patient with Acute Endocrine Problems    

    Muili Lawal


    12.  The Immune and Lymphatic Systems, Infection and Sepsis     

     Michelle Treacy, Caroline Smales, Helen Dutton


    13.  The Safe Transfer of Acutely Ill Patients         

    Luke Cox


    Ian Peate, OBE FRCN; Visiting Professor of Nursing, St George's University of London and Kingston University, London; Visiting Professor Northumbria University; Visiting Senior Clinical Fellow University of Hertfordshire; Head of School, School of Health Studies, Gibraltar; Editor in Chief, British Journal of Nursing.

    Ian began his nursing career at Central Middlesex Hospital, becoming an Enrolled Nurse practicing in an intensive care unit. He later undertook three years student nurse training, becoming a Staff Nurse, then a Charge Nurse. He has worked in nurse education since 1989. His key areas of interest are nursing practice and theory. Ian has published widely. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen's 90th Birthday Honours List for his services to Nursing and Nurse Education and was bestowed a Fellowship from the Royal College of Nursing in 2017.

    Helen Dutton, RGN; ENB100; RNT; BA Nursing Educaiton (Manchester); MSc (London); Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy; Senior Lecturer Critical Care, College of Nursing Midwifery and Healthcare, University of West London.

    Helen completed her RGN at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. After gaining experience in medical and surgical nursing she moved to St Thomas' Hospital, London to work in intensive care, then moved to become a Sister in Cardiothoracic Intensive Care at the Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust. Her education career started at the Royal Brompton, then moved on to higher education. She is currently employed as a Senior Lecturer in Critical Care at the University of West London. Helen is course leader for BSc (Hons) Clinical Practice. Intensive and critical care nursing have been her main focus, leading the development of post qualifying critical care courses at the University of West London. She has published in her areas of interest; acute/enhanced/high dependency care, physical examinations skill for health care professionals and the early recognition and treatment of those who are at risk of deterioration.