Drain's PeriAnesthesia Nursing

A Critical Care Approach

Drain's Perianesthesia Nursing: A Critical Care Approach, 6th Edition is the most comprehensive book on the market specifically tailored to perianesthesia nurses. The book features five distinct sections - the PACU, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, nursing care, and special considerations. Nursing and pharmacologic interventions are integrated with in-depth coverage of pathophysiology. This edition expands coverage of evidence based research and adds a new chapter on care of the obese patient undergoing bariatric surgery. Written by Jan Odom-Forren, an expert in the anesthesia and post-operative fields, Drain's Perianesthesia Nursing is also an excellent study tool for ASPAN certification.

Hardbound, 880 Pages

Published: June 2012

Imprint: Saunders

ISBN: 978-1-4377-1894-2


  • Section I: The Postanesthesia Care Unit
    1. Space Planning and Basic Equipment Systems
    2. Perianesthesia Nursing as a Specialty
    3. Management and Policies
    4. Crisis Resource Management in the PACU
    5. Infection Prevention and Control in the PACU

    6. The Changing Health Care System and Its Implications for the PACU
    7. Patient Safety and Legal Issues in the PACU

    8. Ethics in Perianesthesia Nursing

    9. Evidence-based Practice and Research
    Section II: Physiologic Considerations in the PACU
    10. The Nervous System
    11. The Cardiovascular System
    12. The Respiratory System
    13. The Renal System
    14. Fluid and Electrolytes
    15. The Endocrine System
    16. The Hepatobiliary and Gastrointestinal System
    17. The Integumentary System
    18. The Immune System
    Section III: Concepts in Anesthetic Agents
    19. Basic Principles of Pharmacology
    20. Inhalation Anesthesia
    21. Nonopioid Intravenous Anesthetics
    22. Opioid Intravenous Anesthetics
    23. Neuromuscular Blocking Agents
    24. Local Anesthetics
    25. Regional Anesthesia
    Section IV: Nursing Care in the PACU
    26. Transition from the Operating Room to the PACU
    27. Assessment and Monitoring of the Perianesthesia Patient
    28. Patient Education and Care of the Perianesthesia Patient
    29. Postanesthesia Care Complications
    30. Assessment and Management of the Airway
    31. Pain Management
    32. Care of the Ear, Nose, Throat, Neck, and Maxillofacial Surgical Patient
    33. Care of the Ophthalmic Surgical Patient
    34. Care of the Thoracic Surgical Patient
    35. Care of the Cardiac Surgical Patient
    36. Care of the Vascular Surgical Patient
    37. Care of the Orthopedic Surgical Patient
    38. Care of the Neurosurgical Patient
    39. Care of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgical Patient
    40. Care of the Gastrointestinal, Abdominal, and Anorectal Surgical Patient
    41. Care of the Genitourinary Surgical Patient
    42. Care of the Obstetric and Gynecological Surgical Patient
    43. Care of the Breast Surgical Patient
    44. Care of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgical Patient
    45. Care of the Obese Patient Undergoing Bariatric Surgery
    46. Care of the Ambulatory Surgical Patient
    47. Care of the Laser/Laparoscopic Surgical Patient
    Section V: Special Considerations
    48. Care of the Patient with Chronic Disorders
    49. Care of the Pediatric Patient
    50. Care of the Older Patient
    51. Care of the Pregnant Patient
    52. Care of the Substance Using Patient
    53. Care of the Patient with Thermal Imbalance
    54. Care of the Shock Trauma Patient

    55. Care of the Intensive Care Unit Patient in the PACU
    56. Bioterrorism and Its Impact on the PACU
    57. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in the PACU


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