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4th Edition

Intensive Care Nursing
A Framework for Practice

ISBN 9781138713802
Published November 7, 2018 by Routledge
606 Pages

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Book Description

Especially written for qualified nurses working in intensive care units, this comprehensive text has been developed to be as accessible as possible. This fourth edition 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. The chapters contain sections outlining the "fundamental knowledge" needed to understand key chapters, "implications for practice" boxes, further reading and resources overviews, "time out" sections for revision and clinical scenarios 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 specialised 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 seriously ill patients, particularly those undertaking post-registration training in the area.

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. Acute Pain Management

8. Thermoregulation

9. Nutrition and Bowel Care

10. Mouthcare

11. Eyecare

12. Tiessue Viability 

13. Children in Adult ICUs

14. Older Patients in ICU

15. Infection Prevention and Control

16. Pandemic Planning

Part 3: Monitoring

17. Respiratory Monitoring

18. Gas Carriage

19. Blood Gas Interpretation

20. Haemodynamic Monitoring

21. Blood Results

22. ECGs and Dysrhythmias

23. Neurological Monitoring

Part 4: Micropathologies

24. Cellular Pathology

25. Immunity and Immunodeficiency

26. Haemostasis

Part 5: Respiratory

27. Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

28. Alternative Ventilation

Part 6: Cardiovascular

29. Acute Coronary Syndromes

30. Coronary Surgery and Interventions

31. Shock

32. Sepsis

33. Fluid Management

34. Inotropes and Vasopressors

35. Vascular Surgery

Part 7: Neurological

36. Central Nervous System Injury

37. Peripheral Neurological Pathologies

Part 8: Abdominal

38. Acute Kidney Injury

39. Haemofiltration

40. Gastrointestinal Bleeds

41. Liver Failure

42. Obstetric Admissions to ICU 

43. Organ Donation

Part 9: Metabolic

44. Severe Acute Pancreatitis

45. Diabetic Crises

46. Self-poisoning

Part 10: Professional

47. Transferring Critically Ill Patients

48. Professional Perspectives

49. Managing the ICU

50. Costs of Intensive Care

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Philip Woodrow is Practice Development Nurse in Critical Care at East Kent Hospitals University Foundation Trust, UK.