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Manual of Critical Care Nursing

Nursing Interventions and Collaborative Management

It's the ideal go-to reference for the clinical setting! Compact and easy to use, Manual of Critical Care Nursing, 6th Edition presents essential information on approximately 80 disorders and conditions, as well as concepts relevant to caring for all critically ill patients and functioning in the critical care environment. Award-winning clinical nurse specialists Marianne Baird and Sue Bethel separate the content first by body system and then by disorder, with each disorder including a brief description of pathophysiology, assessment, diagnostic testing, collaborative management, nursing diagnoses, desired outcomes, nursing interventions, and patient teaching and rehabilitation. A concise format presents the material in a way that reflects a practicing nurse's thought processes.

Book, 768 Pages

Published: November 2010

Imprint: Mosby

ISBN: 978-0-323-09469-6


  • 1. General Concepts in Caring for the Critically Ill

    Acid-Base Imbalances

    Alterations in Consciousness

    Fluid and Electrolyte Disturbances

    Hemodynamic Monitoring

    Mechanical Ventilation

    Nutritional Support


    Prolonged Immobility

    Sedation and Neuromuscular Blockade

    Wound and Skin Care

    2. Managing the Critical Care Environment


    Emerging Infections

    Emotional and Spiritual Support of the Patient and Significant Others

    Ethical Considerations in Critical Care

    Patient Safety  NEW!

    3. Multisystem Trauma

    Major Trauma

    Abdominal Trauma

    Acute Cardiac Tamponade

    Acute Spinal Cord Injury


    Compartment Syndrome/Ischemic Myositis


    Pelvic Fractures

    Renal and Lower Urinary Tract Trauma

    Traumatic Brain Injury

    Thoracic Trauma

    4. Respiratory Dysfunctions

    Respiratory Assessment: General

    Acute Asthma Exacerbation

    Acute Lung Injury and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

    Acute Pneumonia

    Acute Respiratory Failure


    Pulmonary Embolus (PE)

    Pulmonary Hypertension

    5. Cardiovascular Dysfunctions

    Cardiovascular Assessment: General

    Heart Failure

    Acute Coronary Syndromes/Coronary Artery Thrombolysis

    Acute Infective Endocarditis

    Acute Pericarditis

    Aortic Aneurysm/Dissection

    Cardiogenic Shock


    Dysrhythmias and Conduction Disturbances

    Hypertensive Emergencies

    Peripheral Vascular Disease  NEW!

    Valvular Heart Disease

    6. Renal Failure

    Renal Assessment: General

    Acute Renal Failure/Acute Kidney Injury

    Continuous Renal Replacement Therapies  NEW!

    7. Neurologic Dysfunctions

    Neurologic Assessment: General

    Brain Death

    Cerebral Aneurysm and Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

    Care of the Patient after Intracranial Surgery


    Neurodegenerative and Neuromuscular Disorders

    Status Epilepticus

    Stroke: Ischemic and Hemorrhagic

    8. Endocrinologic Dysfunctions

    Endocrinologic Assessment: General

    Acute Adrenal Insufficiency (Adrenal Crisis)

    Diabetes Insipidus

    Hyperglycemia, Ketoacidosis, and Hyperosmolar Syndrome  NEW!

    Myxedema Coma

    Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone

    Thyrotoxic Crisis (Thyroid Storm)

    9. Gastrointestinal Dysfunctions

    Gastrointestinal Assessment: General

    Acute Gastrointestinal Bleeding

    Acute Pancreatitis

    Enterocutaneous Fistulas

    Hepatic Failure


    10. Hematologic/Immunologic Dysfunctions

    Hematologic Assessment: General

    Anaphylactic Shock

    Profound Anemias/Hemolytic Crisis

    Bleeding and Thrombotic Disorders

    11. Multisystem Stressors

    Abdominal Hypertension and Compartment Syndrome

    Drug Overdose

    High-Risk Obstetrics

    Oncologic Emergencies  NEW!

    Organ Transplantation  NEW!

    Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS), Sepsis, Septic Shock, and Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS)


    1.  Heart and Breath Sounds

    2.  Glasgow Coma Scale

    3.  Cranial Nerves: Assessment and Dysfunctions

    4.  Major Deep Tendon (Muscle-Stretch) Reflexes

    5.  Major Superficial (Cutaneous) Reflexes

    6.   Inotropic and Vasoactive Medication Infusions

    7.  Sample Relaxation Technique

    8. Abbreviations Used in this Manual


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