AACN Procedure Manual for Pediatric Acute and Critical Care - 1st Edition

AACN Procedure Manual for Pediatric Acute and Critical Care

1st Edition

Imprint: Saunders


Using detailed, step-by-step guidelines, this comprehensive book covers procedures commonly performed by all nurses in pediatric critical care. Following the successful format of the AACN Procedure Manual for Critical Care, 5th edition, this new resource focuses on the unique aspects of caring for infants and children. This easy-to-use guide includes the latest information, a strong evidence base, and a supporting rationale for each step of each procedure.

Key Features

  • Advanced Practice Skills are included throughout the text and are marked with a special AP icon indicating that these procedures should only be performed by qualified personnel.
  • Evidence-based practice and research-based data are used to support the recommendations for each procedure.
  • Each procedure follows a consistent, step-by-step format with rationales.
  • Developmental differences are highlighted in special Procedure tables.
  • This valuable, everyday resource is sponsored by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.
  • Each procedure is covered in a consistent structure:
    • Purpose
    • Prerequisite knowledge
    • Child and family assessment
    • Child and family education
    • Equipment
    • Procedure (with steps, rationale, and considerations)
    • Expected and unexpected outcomes
    • Monitoring and care of the child (with activities and interventions, rationale, and reportable conditions)
    • Documentation

Table of Contents

Unit I: Respiratory System

SECTION ONE: Airway Management

1. Cricothyroidotomy: Assist

2. Endotracheal Tube: Care and Suctioning

3. Endotracheal Tube: Taping

4. Extubation: Assist

5. Intubation: Assist

6. Nasopharyngeal and Oropharyngeal Airway: Insertion and Care

7. Nasopharyngeal Suctioning

8. Noninvasive Oxygen Delivery Devices

9. Postural Drainage with Percussion and Vibration

10. Tracheostomy Tube: Stoma Care and Tie Change

11. Tracheostomy Tube: Change

12. Tracheostomy Tube: Suctioning

13. Cricothyroidotomy: Perform, AP

14. Extubation: Perform, AP

15. Intubation: Perform Including Laryngeal Mask Airway, AP

16. Tracheostomy Tube: Decannulation, AP

SECTION TWO: Pulmonary Monitoring

17. Arterial Blood Gas Analysis

18. End Tidal Carbon Dioxide Measurement: Continuous Monitoring

19. Indices of Oxygenation and Ventilation

20. Mixed Venous Oxygen Saturation: Continuous Monitoring

21. Negative Inspiratory Force Measurement

22. Pulse Oximetry

23. Respiratory Rate: Obtaining an Accurate Measurement

SECTION THREE: Ventilatory Management

24. Auto-PEEP Calculation

25. Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation

26. High Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation

27. Manual Ventilation Devices

28. Mechanical Ventilation: Conventional Modes

29. Negative Pressure Ventilation

30. Non-Invasive Positive Pressure Ventilation (CPAP, BiPAP)

31. Pronation Therapy

32. Weaning from Ventilatory Support

SECTION FOUR: Thoracic Cavity Management

33. Chest Tube Placement: Assist

34. Chest Tube Removal: Assist

35. Closed Chest Drainage System: Set up and Management

36. Pleural Catheter: Care

37. Thoracentesis: Assist


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