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Handbook of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Spinal Medicine for Nurses and Advanced Practice Health Professionals

ISBN 9781498719421
Published December 20, 2017 by Routledge
576 Pages 181 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

This practical handbook allows nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, and allied health professionals practicing in the fields of neurosurgery, neurology, and spinal care to quickly review essentials while in the work environment. It emphasizes procedural steps and critical elements in patient management, including intensive care, the neurological examination, differential diagnoses, and pain management. Written by a multidisciplinary team of experts, the handbook is expected to become a well-worn companion and essential aid to the busy practitioner.

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction.  

1. The importance of neurological illnesses. emergencies. and treatments

2. Neurological decompensation and emergencies

3. The Neurointensive Care and Neuromonitoring Unit

4. The Neurosurgical Operating Room

5. Neurological Triage and the Differential Diagnosis

Part II: Anatomy.  

6. Neuroanatomy overview Part I: Cranial

7. Neuroanatomy overview Part II: Spine

8. Neuroanatomy Overview Part III: Peripheral Nervous System

9. The neurological examination Part I: Cranial

10. The neurological examination Part II: Spine

11. The Neurological Examination Part III: Peripheral Nervous System

12. Lesion Localization

13. The neurological examination of the infant and child

Part III: The team approach.  

14. Collaborative Practice with the Neurointensivist. Neurologist. and Neurosurgeon

15. Occupational. physical and speech therapies

16. Neuroanesthesia

17. Nutrition and Surgical Recovery

18. Social Services & Case Management

19. Coordinating and Preparing for the Transition from the Acute Care Setting

20. Adaptive Equipment

21. Short and Long Term Disability

22. Scientific Research & Clinical Trials

Part IV: Monitoring the patient.  

23. Serial Neurologic Examinations

24. Intracranial Pressure Management

25. Electrophysiology

26. Monitoring the Patient: CSF Drainage

27. Spine Surgery Wound and Drain Management

28. Neurological Monitoring

29. The Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) Environment and the Neurosurgical Patient

Part V: Clinical pathologies and scenarios: Brain.  

30. Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

31. Severe Traumatic Brain Injury

32. Chronic Subdural Hematoma management

33. Acute Hemorrhagic Stroke

34. Clinical Pathologies and Scenarios: Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

35. Hydrocephalus

36. Malignant Brain Neoplasms and Brain Metastasis

37. Pituitary Surgery

38. Skull base tumors

39. Posterior Fossa Surgery

40. Epilepsy Surgery

41. Brain Abscess

42. Type I Chiari Malformations

43. Brain Death and Organ Donation

Part VI: Clinical pathologies and scenarios: Spine.  

44. Spinal Cord Injuries and Fractures

45. Cauda Equina Syndrome

46. Acute Low Back Pain

47. Acute Neck Pain & Whiplash

48. Anterior cervical surgery

49. Posterior Cervical Surgery

50. Spinal Decompressive Surgeries and Lumbar Microdiscectomy


52. Elective Spinal Surgery for Scoliosis & Kyphosis

53. Spinal Tumors

54. Postoperative Multimodal Oral Pain Management in the Spine Patient

55. Bracing and Electrical Stimulation

56. Postoperative Physical and Occupational Therapy

57. Community-Acquired Spinal Infections

58. Iatrogenic Spinal Infections

59. Clinical Pathologies and Scenarios: Spinal Fluid Leakage

60. Percutaneous Spinal Interventions & Pain Management

Part VII: Clinical pathologies and scenarios: Neurology.  

61. Acute Ischemic Stroke

62. Delirium

63. Meningitis

64. Alzheimer's dementia

65. Parkinson Disease

66. Status Epilepticus

67. DEMYELINATING SYNDROME: Multiple Sclerosis

68. Intoxications

69. Headache

70. Peripheral Nerve Disorders

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Michael Wang, is a Professor in the Departments of Neurosurgery & Rehabilitation Medicine at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, USA.

Odette Harris, is an associate professor at Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA.

Andrea Strayer, is a certified Adult and Geriatric Nurse Practitioner in the Department of Neurosurgery, School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Wisconsin, USA.

Cathy Rosenberg, is a Clinical Instructor and Certified Acute Care Nurse Practitioner in the Department of Neurological Surgery at tje University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, Florida, USA.

Praveen Mummaneni, is Joan O'Reilly Endowed Professor at the University of California, San Francisco, USA.