Organisms need to be able to maintain nearly constant internal environments in order to survive, grow and function effectively and efficiently. By maintaining homeostasis, humans remain healthy, strong and protected from the invasion of foreign organisms, such as viruses, bacteria and fungi. This practical pocket guide covers:
• the anatomy and physiology of cardiovascular system vital signs
• recognition of common arrhythmias and important skills for cardiovascular health cannulation and venepuncture
• the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system
• skills related to addressing respiratory problems.
This competency-based text covers relevant key concepts, anatomy and physiology, lifespan matters, assessment and nursing skills. To support your learning, it also includes learning outcomes, concept map summaries, activities, questions and scenarios with sample answers and critical reflection thinking points.
Quick and easy to reference, this short, clinically-focused guide is ideal for use on placements or for revision. It is suitable for pre-registration nurses, students on the nursing associate programme and newly qualified nurses.
Table of Contents
Sheila Cunningham and Tina Moore
Chapter 1: Anatomy and Physiology of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems
Chapter 2: Vital Signs
Chapter 3: Oxygenation
Chapter 4: Advanced respiratory skills
Chapter 5: Cardiovascular Skills
Chapter 6: Cannulation and Venepuncture
Tina Moore is a Senior Lecturer in Adult Nursing at Middlesex University, UK. She teaches nursing assessment, clinical skills and care interventions for both pre-qualifying and post-qualifying nurses. She is also a Middlesex University Teaching Fellow.
Sheila Cunningham is an Associate Professor in Adult Nursing at Middlesex University, UK. She has a breadth of experience teaching nurses both pre- and post-registration and she mentors clinicians supporting students in practice. She is also a Middlesex University Teaching Fellow and holds a Principal Fellowship at the Higher Education Academy. Her current role is Director for Learning, Teaching and Quality (School of Health and Education).