Understanding the Essentials of Critical Care Nursing

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2008-08-18
  • Publisher: Pearson
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An introduction to critical care, this book is focused on elements that are essential for the novice critical care nurse to understand. Safe practice is a recurrent theme and essential safety initiatives are in highlighted boxes with specific issues related to the content in each chapter. Included are the purpose, the rationale, and highlighted recommendations, with a Media Link for more information. NANDA Nursing Diagnoses are also suggested for the disorders and diseases presented to help the reader categorize the nursing problems that may accompany the medical diagnoses.An essential reference for the Critical Care Nurse

Author Biography

Kathleen Ouimet Perrin Ph.D., RN, CCRN
Kathleen Perrin is a professor of nursing at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire, where she teaches critical care nursing, professional nursing, ethics, and understanding suffering.  She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, her master’s degree from Boston College, and her Ph.D. from Union Institute and University in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She has been a practicing critical care nurse for over 30 years and a member of the American Association of Critical Care (AACN) Nurses for nearly as long.  Kathleen has served on the board of the Southern New Hampshire AACN and is a past president of the chapter.  She is currently President of the Epsilon Tau chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.  She has published and presented in the areas of critical care nursing, nursing ethics, nursing history, suffering experienced by patients as well as health care providers, and conflict among members of the health care team.  

Table of Contents

What Is Critical Care?p. 1
Care of the Critically Ill Patientp. 22
Care of the Patient with Respiratory Failurep. 47
Interpretation and Management of Basic Dysrhythmiasp. 78
Cardiodynamics and Hemodynamics Regulationp. 113
Care of the Patient Experiencing Shock or Heart Failurep. 131
Care of the Patient with Acute Coronary Syndromep. 151
Care of the Patient Following a Traumatic Injuryp. 183
Care of the Patient Experiencing an Intracranial Dysfunctionp. 208
Care of the Patient with a Cerebral or Cerebrovascular Disorderp. 239
Care of the Critically Ill Patient Experiencing Alcohol Withdrawal and/or Liver Failurep. 263
Care of the Patient with an Acute Gastrointestinal Bleed or Pancreatitisp. 307
Care of the Patient with Endocrine Disordersp. 336
Care of the Patient with Acute Renal Failurep. 361
Care of the Organ Donor and Transplant Recipientp. 383
Care of the Acutely Ill Burn Patientp. 413
Care of the Patient with Sepsisp. 445
Caring for the ICU Patient at the End of Lifep. 468
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