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Intensive Care Nursing

A Framework for Practice, 3rd Edition

By Philip Woodrow

© 2012 – Routledge

608 pages | 58 B/W Illus.

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This new edition of Woodrow’s Intensive Care Nursing will be warmly welcomed. Especially written for qualified nurses working in intensive care nursing units, this comprehensive text has been developed to be as accessible as possible. Including new chapters on planning for pandemics and transferring patients, it has been revised throughout to ensure the evidence-base is completely up-to-date and the content reflects contemporary best practice.

Intensive Care Nursing is structured in user-friendly sections. Each chapter contains 'fundamental knowledge' needed to understand the chapter, an introduction, 'implications for practice', a chapter summary, completely updated further reading, 'time out' sections for revision and a clinical scenario with questions included. Reviewed throughout by experienced practitioners and teachers, it covers:

  • patient-focused issues of bedside nursing
  • the technical knowledge necessary to care safely for ICU patients
  • the more common and specialized disease processes and treatments encountered
  • how nurses can use their knowledge and skills to develop their own and others' practice.

Written by a practice development nurse with a strong clinical background in intensive care nursing and experience of teaching nursing, Intensive Care Nursing is essential reading for nurses and health professionals working with high dependency patients, particularly those undertaking further training in the area.


'The book is user-friendly and easy to read as it is well organised and set out in a logical manner. Each chapter contains a list of further suggested reading if a more in-depth knowledge is required. There is also a set of clinical questions that assist in checking knowledge and understanding. The clinical questions are relevant and appropriate and help to highlight the key areas of the content of the chapter along with the implications for practice and the summary sections.' - Katherine Potts, Cardiac Specialist Nurse, North Bristol NHS Trust, Nursing Times

Praise for previous editions:

'This is the bible of all qualified nurses and those undertaking intensive care courses.' - Nursing Standard

'Will continue to be a market leader for registered nurses with 6-12 months ICU experience. Nurses with many years of ICU experience will also find this text an invaluable source of updating and ready reference… New chapters on psychological care, interpreting blood results and SARS reflect developments in practice since 2000. The updated clinical scenarios encourage readers to bring theory and practice together and the addition of website support … is an excellent move.' - Ruth Endacott, La Trobe University, Australia and University of Plymouth, UK

‘Comprehensive, clear and clinically focused, this text is becoming a standard text for students undertaking critical care courses and as a reference book on the shelves of critical care units… I would advise all libraries and intensive care units to acquire a copy.’ Journal of Advanced Nursing

'I’m impressed by the quality of writing, the accessibility of the chapters and the comprehensiveness of the book. Mr Woodrow has been very diligent in editing content which has become outdated and substituting it with new concepts, innovations and treatments that relate to advancing the art and science of intensive care nursing. I am also pleased that the evidence to support, guide and inform clinical practice has been expanded and strengthened. As before selected readings and case scenarios are helpful in developing knowledge base and in assisting practitioners in the application of theoretical principles into practice.'John Albarran, Faculty of Health and Social Care, University of the West of England

'One of those rare textbooks that you could actually read for enjoyment! My edition is well thumbed and has proven to be invaluable when wanting to find the answer to a question quickly. The 'Time Out' sessions and clinical scenarios are particularly useful for the more junior staff, encouraging them to think laterally, relating the text to their clinical environment. With reflection being a major constituent of demonstrating competence, these exercises will help nurses to compile their professional and clinical portfolios. I recommend all acute ward areas to get a copy of this book for their bookshelves.' - Jacqueline Mandy Coggan, Clinical Educator for Critical Care, King's Mill Hospital, Sutton in Ashfield

'I would recommend this book to those wanting to refresh already established knowledge and practice within ICU nursing and those wishing to embark on a career in Critical Care. I believe this text serves as a valuable resource for the individual practitioner, on the shelves of any ICU and as a required/recommended text for Intensive Care nursing courses.' - Martin Christensen, Bournemouth University

Table of Contents

Part 1: Contexts of Care 1. Nursing Perspectives 2. Humanism 3. Psychological care Part 2: Fundamental 4. Artificial Ventilation 5. Airway Management 6. Sedation 7. Pain Management 8. Pyrexia and Temperature 9. Nutrition and Bowel Care 10. Mouthcare 11. Eyecare 12. Skincare 13. Children in Intensive Care 14. Older patients in Intensive Care 15. Infection Control 16. Pandemic Planning Part 3: Monitoring 17. Respiratory Monitoring 18. Gas Carriage 19. Acid/Base Balance 20. Haemodynamic Monitoring 21. Blood Results 22. ECGs and Dysrhythmias 23. Neurological Monitoring Part 4: Micropathologies 24. Cellular Pathology 25. Immunity 26. DIC Part 5: Respiratory 27. ARDS 28. Alternative Ventilation Part 6: Cardiovascular 29. Acute Coronary Syndromes 30. Cardiac Surgery 31. Shock 32. Sepsis 33. Fluid Management 34. Inotropes and Vasopressors 35. Vascular Surgery Part 7: Neurological 36. Central Nervous System 37. Peripheral Neurological Part 8: Abdominal 38. Acute Kidney Injury 39. Haemofiltration 40. Gastrointestinal Bleeds 41. Hepatic Failure 42. Obstetric Emergencies 43. Transplants Part 9: Metabolic 44. Pancreatitis 45. Diabetic Crises 46. Overdoses Part 10: Professional Issues 47. Professional and Ethical Issues 48. Transfer 49. Managing the ICU 50. The Cost of Intensive Care

About the Author

Philip Woodrow is the Practice Development Nurse for Critical Care in East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, UK. He teaches a number of critical care courses, and maintains clinical practice across the Trust’s three intensive care units.

Contributor: Jane Roe is the author of the clinical scenarios and associated clinical questions in the book. She is a Lecturer Practitioner in Intensive Care at St George's Hospital, Kingston University and St George's University of London, UK.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Critical Care
MEDICAL / Nursing / Critical & Intensive Care