4th Edition

Intensive Care Nursing A Framework for Practice

By Philip Woodrow Copyright 2019
    606 Pages
    by Routledge

    606 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


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