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Manual of Medical-Surgical Nursing

A Care Planning Resource

Known for its reliable, clinically focused content, Swearingen's Manual of Medical-Surgical Nursing provides a quick reference to 125 of the most commonly encountered medical-surgical conditions. Expert authors Fran Monahan, RN, PhD, ANEF, Marianne Neighbors, EdD, RN, and Carol Green, PhD, RN, CNE make it easy to find and use the information you need to know to provide optimal patient care. Unique to this manual, outcome criteria include specific and measurable timeframes to help in establishing realistic treatment goals and evaluating the effectiveness of care. For students, it's an ideal resource for care planning and clinicals; for practitioners, it's a great clinical reference!

Paperback, 840 Pages

Published: September 2010

Imprint: Mosby

ISBN: 978-0-323-07254-0


  • 1. General Concepts in Caring for Medical-Surgical Patients

    Perioperative Care


    Prolonged Bed Rest

    Psychosocial Support

    Psychosocial Support for the Family and Significant Others

    Older Adult Care

    2. Respiratory Disorders

    Acute Respiratory Disorders

      • Atelectasis
      • Pneumonia
      • Pleural Effusion
      • Pulmonary Embolus
      • Pneumothorax/Hemothorax
      • Pulmonary Tuberculosis

    Acute Respiratory Failure

    Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

    Restrictive Pulmonary Disorder

      • Interstitial Pulmonary Fibrosis
      • Asthma

    3. Cardiovascular Disorders

    Diseases of the Cardiovascular System

      • Hypertension
      • Coronary Heart Disease
      • Heart Failure
      • Pulmonary Hypertension

    Inflammatory Heart Disorders

      • Pericarditis
      • Infective Endocarditis

    Valvular Heart Disorders

      • Mitral Stenosis
      • Mitral Insufficiency
      • Aortic Stenosis
      • Aortic Insufficiency

    Cardiovascular Conditions Secondary to Other Disease Processes

      • Cardiac and Noncardiac Shock (Circulatory Failure)
      • Sudden Cardiac Death
      • Cardiac Surgery


      • Dysrhythmias and Conduction Disturbances
      • Pacemakers and Implantable Cardioverter
      • Defibrillators

    Disorders of the Peripheral Vascular System

      • Atherosclerotic Arterial Occlusive Disease
      • Aneurysms
      • Arterial Embolism
      • Venous Thrombosis/Thrombophlebitis

    4. Renal-Urinary Disorders

    Renal Disorders

      • Glomerulonephritis
      • Acute Pyelonephritis
      • Hydronephrosis
      • Renal Artery Stenosis

    Renal Failure

      • Acute Renal Failure
      • Chronic Kidney Disease

    Renal Dialysis

      • Peritoneal Dialysis
      • Hemodialysis

    Renal Transplant

    Disorders of the Urinary Tract

      • Urinary Tract Infection
      • Ureteral Calculi
      • Urinary Tract Obstruction

    Urinary Disorders Secondary to Other Disease Processes

      • Urinary Incontinence
      • Urinary Retention
      • Neurogenic Bladder

    Urinary Diversions

    5. Neurologic Disorders

    Inflammatory Disorders of the Nervous System

      • Multiple Sclerosis
      • Guillain-Barre Syndrome
      • Bacterial Meningitis

    Degenerative Disorders of the Nervous System

      • Parkinsonism
      • Alzheimer Disease

    Traumatic Disorders of the Nervous System

      • Intervertebral Disk Disease
      • Spinal Cord Injury
      • Traumatic Brain Injury

    Vascular Disorders of the Nervous System

      • Cerebral Aneurysm
      • Stroke

    Seizures and Epilepsy

    General Care of Patients With Neurologic Disorders

    6. Endocrine Disorders

    Disorders of the Thyroid Gland

      • Hyperthyroidism
      • Hypothyroidism

    Disorders of the Parathyroid Glands

      • Hyperparathyroidism
      • Hypoparathyroidism

    Disorders of the Adrenal Glands

      • Addison's Disease

      • Cushing's Disease

    Disorders of the Pituitary Gland

      • Diabetes Insipidus
      • Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone

    Diabetes Mellitus

      • General Discussion
      • Diabetic Ketoacidosis
      • Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic Nonketotic Syndrome
      • Hypoglycemia

      7. Gastrointestinal Disorders

      Disorders of the Mouth and Esophagus

        • Stomatitis
        • Hiatal Hernia, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, and Barrett's Esophagus

      Disorders of the Stomach and Intestines

        • Peptic Ulcers
        • Malabsorption/Maldigestion
        • Intestinal Obstructive Processes
        • Peritonitis
        • Appendicitis

      Intestinal Inflammatory Processes

        • Diverticulosis and Diverticulitis
        • Polyps/Familial Adenomatous Polyposis
        • Ulcerative Colitis
        • Crohn's Disease
        • Fecal Diversions

      Abdominal Trauma

      Hepatic and Biliary Disorders

        • Hepatitis
        • Cirrhosis
        • Cholelithiasis, Cholecystitis, and Cholangitis


      8. Hematologic Disorders

      Disorders of the Red Blood Cells

        • Anemia of Chronic Disease
        • Hemolytic and Sickle Cell Anemia
        • Aplastic Anemia
        • Polycythemia

      Disorders of Coagulation

        • Thrombocytopenia
        • Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation

      9. Musculoskeletal Disorders

      Arthritic Disorders

        • Osteoarthritis
        • Rheumatoid Arthritis

      Muscular and Connective Tissue Disorders

        • Ligamentous Injuries
        • Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tears
        • Dislocation/Subluxation
        • Acute Compartment Syndrome

      Skeletal Disorders

        • Osteomyelitis
        • Fractures
        • Benign Neoplasms
        • Osteoporosis

      Musculoskeletal Surgical Procedures

        • Amputation
        • Rotator Cuff Repair
        • Bone Grafting
        • Total Hip Arthroplasty
        • Total Knee Arthroplasty

      10. Reproductive Disorders

      Gynecologic Disorders

        • Uterine Fibroids
        • Pelvic Organ Prolapse

      Ectopic Pregnancy

      Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy

      11. Immunologic Disorders  NEW UNIT!

      Transfusion Reactions  NEW!

      Hypersensitivity  NEW!

      Human Immunodeficiency Virus Disease

      12. Cancer Care  NEW UNIT!

      Lung Cancer

      Nervous System Tumors

      Gastrointestinal Malignancies

      Neoplastic Diseases of the Hematopoietic System

      Head and Neck Cancers

      Breast Cancer

      Genitourinary Cancer

      13. Care for Patients With Special Needs

      Nutritional Support

        • Nutritional Assessment
        • Nutritional Support Modalities
        • Total Parenteral Nutrition

      Wound Care

          • Wounds Closed by Primary Intention
            • Surgical or Traumatic Wounds Healing by Secondary Intention
              • Pressure Ulcers

              Burns  NEW!

              Palliative and End-Of-Life Care


              Appendix One: Infection Prevention and Control

              Appendix Two: Laboratory Tests Discussed in this Manual: Normal Values

              Appendix Three: Heart and Breath Sounds


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