Clinical Assessment in Respiratory Care - 6th Edition - ISBN: 9781416059233, 9780323072328

Clinical Assessment in Respiratory Care

6th Edition

Authors: Robert Wilkins James Dexter Al Heuer
eBook ISBN: 9780323072328
Imprint: Mosby
Published Date: 6th February 2009
Page Count: 496

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The only respiratory care text devoted exclusively to patient assessment! By performing a thorough patient assessment, you’ll be able to assist physicians in the decision-making process regarding treatment, in evaluating the treatment’s effectiveness, and in determining if changes in the treatment need to be made. The book’s comprehensive approach covers all of the most important aspects and topics of assessment. This edition is streamlined to emphasize learning objectives. And you can prepare for the CRT exam more effectively with the new NBRC Exam Matrix Correlation Guide!

Key Features

  • A comprehensive approach covers all of the most important aspects of assessment, so you can assess patients effectively.
  • Additional Questions to Ask About boxes list questions that you should ask patients (e.g., coughing, sputum, shortness of breath) or ask yourself (e.g., lung sounds you are hearing, blood pressure, respiratory rate).
  • Learning objectives, chapter outlines, chapter overviews, and key terms lists begin each chapter, preparing you for the key topics and content you will learn.
  • Key Point summaries and assessment questions reflect and emphasize the key information identified in the learning objectives.
  • Answers to assessment questions help you review by including rationales and page references to the textbook, by reflecting the NBRC format, and by supporting learning objectives.
  • Enhanced Simply Stated boxes emphasize important concepts.
  • Additional case studies help you apply chapter content to clinical scenarios.

Table of Contents

  1. Preparing for the Patient Encounter

    2. The Medical History and the Interview

    3. Cardiopulmonary Symptoms

    4. Vital Signs

    5. Fundamentals of Physical Examination

    6. NEW! Neurological Assessment of the Respiratory Care Patient

    7. Clinical Laboratory Studies

    8. Interpretation of Blood Gases

    9. Pulmonary Function Testing

    10. Clinical Application of the Chest Radiograph

    11. Interpretation of the Electrocardiogram

    12. Assessment of the Neonatal and Pediatric Patient

    13. Assessment of the Older Patient

    14. Respiratory Monitoring in the Intensive Care Unit

    15. Assessment of Cardiac Output

    16. Assessment of Hemodynamic Pressures

    17. Flexible Fiberoptic Bronchoscopy

    18. Nutritional Assessment of Patients with Respiratory Disease

    19. Assessment of Sleep and Breathing

    20. Assessment of the Home Care Patient

    21. Documentation of the Patient Assessment


    NEW! Procedure Checklists



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About the Author

Robert Wilkins

Affiliations and Expertise

Chair and Professor, Department of Respiratory Care, School of Allied Health Sciences, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

James Dexter

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Clinical Professor, Loma Linda Professor, Redland, CA

Al Heuer

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor and Program Director, Respiratory Care Program, School of Health Related Professions, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, New Jersey