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Get all the basics on fluids and electrolytes, with the newest edition of the one-and-only Fluids and Electrolytes Made Incredibly Easy!
Backed by plenty of real-world examples, this popular guide is full of clear definitions, practical patient care info, and on-the-job how-to. Humor, illustrations, and a fun and easygoing style make it the most enjoyable way to absorb the science, concepts and real-world patient care skills. Gain the fluids and electrolytes knowledge and skills you need—in an incredibly easy way!
Get the lowdown on fluids and electrolytes, with. . . • NEW! All content fully updated • Easy-to-follow definitions for fluid-related concepts • Science of fluids and electrolytes offered in clear terms, as they relate to patient care • Fluid types and fluid movements in different body systems • How hormones and other elements affect fluid balance, losses and gains • Nurse Joy and Nurse Jake explain key concepts in clear terms, offer important care reminders, and keep it light • Plenty of patient care examples, including common fluids-related diagnoses, appropriate patient outcomes, and basis for each recommended treatment • Four easy sections: o Balancing Basics - Balancing fluids; balancing electrolytes; balancing acids and bases o Fluid and Electrolyte Imbalances – Imbalances in: fluids; sodium; potassium; magnesium: calcium; phosphorus; chloride; and acids and bases o Disorders that Cause Imbalances – Heat-related illnesses; heart failure; respiratory failure; excessive GI fluid loss; acute pancreatitis; renal failure and burns o Treating Imbalances – IV fluid replacement; total parenteral nutrition
• Fun drawings and cartoons make skills and concepts easy to remember • Plenty of quick-scan tables, illustrations, and flow charts offer key info • Great refresher for new nursing grads and experienced nurses looking to renew their fluids and electrolytes knowledge
• Illustrated features in each chapter include: o Memory joggers – Simple tricks for remembering crucial info o Caution – Danger signs and symptoms, so you can recognize trouble right away o It’s not working – Alternative interventions, for when patient outcomes are not what you expected o Chart smart – Critical items you need to document o Teaching points – Clear patient-teaching tips to help your patients prevent recurrence of the problem o Ages and stages – Common fluid and electrolyte issues to watch for in very young and elderly patients o Just the facts – Brief outline of content at start of every chapter o Quick Quiz – NCLEX practice questions at end of every chapter o That’s a wrap! – Summary at end of every chapter
Table of Contents
Contents Contributors and consultants Not another boring foreword Part I Balancing basics 1 Balancing fluids 2 Balancing electrolytes 3 Balancing acids and bases Part II Fluid and electrolyte imbalances 4 When fluids tip the balance 5 When sodium tips the balance 6 When potassium tips the balance 7 When magnesium tips the balance 8 When calcium tips the balance 9 When phosphorus tips the balance 10 When chloride tips the balance 11 When acids and bases tip the balance Part III Disorders that cause imbalances 12 Heat-related illnesses 13 Heart failure 14 Respiratory failure 15 Excessive GI fluid loss 16 Acute pancreatitis 17 Renal failure 18 Burns Part IV Treating imbalances 19 I.V. fluid replacement 20 Total parenteral nutrition
Appendices and index Common fluid and electrolyte imbalances in pediatric patients Common fluid and electrolyte imbalances in elderly patients Transfusing blood and selected components Practice makes perfect Glossary Index