2nd Edition

High Dependency Nursing Care Observation, Intervention and Support for Level 2 Patients

By Tina Moore, Philip Woodrow Copyright 2009
    504 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    504 Pages 34 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Level 2 (highly dependent) patients are nursed in a variety of clinical areas. High Dependency Nursing Care has been written for pre qualified and post qualified students undertaking modules and placements to prepare them for nursing the acutely ill and nurses caring for these patients. Written by a team of nurses experienced in providing, supporting and developing high dependency care, it discusses practical issues and explores the current evidence base for clinical practice.

    This essential textbook covers the context of care with chapters on fundamental aspects, such as sleep, nutrition, pain management and stress. It goes on to look at the main causes of critical illness and the treatments often given, as well as the skills necessary for monitoring patients. Completely updated throughout, this second edition also includes new chapters on infection control, heart failure, tissue removal and transferring the sicker patient.

    High Dependency Nursing Care is:

    Comprehensive: it covers all the key areas of knowledge needed

    User-friendly: it includes learning outcomes, introductions, time out exercises, implications for practice, useful websites and up-to-date references

    Clearly written: by a team of experienced nurses

    Practically based: clinical scenarios provide stimulating discussion and revision topics

    Part 1: Contexts for Care  1. Comprehensive Critical Care  2. Patient-Centred Care  3. Ethics  4. Family Care  5. Cultural Issues  6. Nursing Assessment  7. Nutrition  8. Infection Control  Part 2: Neurological  9. Neurological Assessment  10. Acute Pain Management  11. Psychological Disturbances  12. Sleep  13. Stress  14. Acute Neurological Pathologies  Part 3: Respiratory  15. Respiratory Assessment  16. Pulse Oximetry  17. Arterial Blood Gas Analysis  18. Respiratory Pathologies  19. Oxygen Therapy  20. Suctioning  21. Intrapleural Chest Drains  22. Temporary Tracheostomies  23. Non-Invasive Ventilation  Part 4: Cardiovascular  24. Haemodynamic Assessment  25. ECGs and Common Dysrhythmias  26. Acute Coronary Syndromes  27. Shock  28. Heart Failure  29. Fluid and Electrolyte Disturbances  Part 5: Abdominal  30. Acute Kidney Injury  31. Gastrointestinal Disorders  32. Haematological Disorders  33. Diabetic Emergencies  34. Acute Liver Dysfunction  35. Gynaecology Part 6: Positive Outcomes  36. Rehabilitation  37. Transferring Patients  38. Critical Care Outreach and Early Detection of Illness  39. End of Life Care  40. Tissue Retrieval  41. Professional Issues


    Tina Moore is a Senior Lecturer in Acute and High Dependency Care at Middlesex University, London.

    Philip Woodrow is a Practice Development Nurse in Critical Care at the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Trust, where he delivers a six-day course for ward staff caring for level 2 (highly dependent) patients. He is also the author of Intensive Care Nursing: A Framework for Practice, 2nd edition (Routledge, 2006).

    'This second edition of Moore and Woodrow’s text has been re-written to acknowledge the substantial contribution to high dependency care provided by nurses working on acute wards. This is achieved to good effect and the resulting text provides a valuable source of comprehensive, contemporary and easily accessible clinical knowledge and skills. This text should find a place on every acute ward and should also be recommended as a key text for final year undergraduate nurses. It is likely to also provide a rich source of reference for nurses working in primary care.'Ruth Endacott, University of Plymouth, UK

    ‘This new edition includes important additional chapters, for example rehabilitation, which reflect recent changes to health provision and national guidelines. Other chapters are revised and provide up to date evidence to care for this growing group of patients. This comprehensive book continues to be an essential text for practitioners in critical and acute care.’Jane Roe, Kingston University and St George's, University of London, UK