AACN Procedure Manual for Critical Care - 6th Edition

AACN Procedure Manual for Critical Care

6th Edition

Editors: Debra L. Wiegand
Imprint: Saunders

Table of Contents

UNIT I Pulmonary System

Section One

Airway Management: Michael W. Day

1. Combitube Insertion and Removal AP

2. Endotracheal Intubation (Perform) AP

3. Endotracheal Intubation (Assist)

4. Endotracheal Tube and Oral Care

5. Extubation/Decannulation (Perform) AP

6. Extubation/Decannulation (Assist)

7. Laryngeal Mask Airway AP

8. Emergency Cricothyroidotomy (Perform) NEW!

9. Emergency Cricothyroidotomy (Assist) NEW!

10. Nasopharyngeal Airway Insertion

11. Oropharyngeal Airway Insertion

12. Suctioning: Endotracheal or Tracheostomy Tube

13. Tracheal Tube Cuff Care

14. Tracheostomy Tube Care

Section Two

Special Pulmonary Procedures: Michael W. Day

15. Continuous End-Tidal Carbon Dioxide Monitoring

16. Continuous Venous Oxygen Saturation Monitoring

17. Oxygen Saturation Monitoring by Pulse Oximetry

18. Pronation Therapy

Section Three

Thoracic Cavity Management: Michael W. Day

19. Autotransfusion

20. Chest Tube Placement (Perform) AP

21. Chest Tube Placement (Assist)

22. Chest Tube Removal (Perform) AP

23. Chest Tube Removal (Assist)

24. Closed Chest Drainage System

25. Needle Thoracostomy (Perform) AP

26. Thoracentesis (Perform) AP

27. Thoracentesis (Assist)

Section Four

Ventilatory Management: Michael W. Day

28. Noninvasive Ventilation (CPAP and BiPAP Masks) NEW!

29. Arterial-Venous Oxygen Content Difference (a-v DO2) and Oxygen Transport (Delivery) and Consumption Calculations

30. Auto-PEEP Calculation

31. Compliance and Resistance Measurement

32. Manual Self-Inflating Resuscitation Bag

33. Indices of Oxygenation

34. Shunt Calculation

35. Invasive Mechanical Ventilation (Through an Artificial Airway)---Volume and Pressure Modes36


The AACN Procedure Manual for Critical Care, 6th Edition presents procedures for the critical care environment in an illustrated, consistent, and step-by-step format. The Procedures and Patient Monitoring sections are presented in a tabular format that includes special considerations and rationales for each intervention. References have been meticulously reviewed to ensure that the most authoritative and timely standards of practice are used. Additionally, the references supporting care recommendations are identified according to the latest AACN Evidence Leveling System to ensure that you have a complete understanding of the strength of the evidence base.

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About the Editors

Debra L. Wiegand Editor

Affiliations and Expertise

Assistant Professor, University of Maryland School of Nursing, Baltimore, Maryland; Staff Nurse, Surgical Cardiac Care Unit, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania