A Nurse

A Nurse's Survival Guide to Critical Care

This small, pocket-sized book provides a solid introduction to aspects of care and management in critical care. The book contains not only information on patient assessment, ventilation, haemodynamic monitoring, emergencies, critical care interventions, common conditions and pharmacology, all clearly relating to critical care, but also psychological, professional practice issues, palliative care and caring for relatives. It provides the factual information needed to assist nurses in providing holistic care in the critical care environment, in an accessible format.

Students gaining critical care experience at undergraduate level. Post-qualification/graduate nurses undertaking related courses.


Published: October 2009

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-3309-4


  • SECTION 1 General principles of critical care

    1.1 Introduction 2

    1.2 Emergencies and life-threatening complications

    SECTION 2 Patient assessment and investigations

    2.1 Identification of patient needs/problems

    2.2 Assessment

    2.3 Haemodynamic monitoring

    2.4 Diagnostic procedures

    SECTION 3 Critical care interventions

    3.1 Medium-technology life-support interventions

    3.2 High-technology life-support interventions

    3.3 Caring for a critical care patient

    3.4 Intubation and ventilation

    3.5 Transfer of critical care patients

    SECTION 4 Common conditions/reasons for admission

    4.1 Principles of cellular death, injury and repair

    4.2 Neurological

    4.3 Endocrine disorders

    4.4 Respiratory

    4.5 Cardiovascular

    4.6 Renal

    4.7 Gastrointestinal (GIT)

    4.8 Immunological

    4.9 Surgery

    4.10 Burns

    4.11 Poisoning/overdose

    SECTION 5 Psychological and ethical care

    5.1 Mental effects of critical care

    5.2 Palliative care in critical care

    5.3 Professional practice issues

    SECTION 6 Pharmacology

    6.1 Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics

    6.2 Classification of drugs used in critical care

    6.3 Drug calculations

    6.4 Nurse prescribing



    Further reading

    Appendix 1 Units of measurement

    Appendix 2 Normal values

    Appendix 3 Drug measurement and calculations




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