Key Features

  • Five separate sections provide coverage including the PACU, anatomy and physiology, pharmacology, nursing care, and special considerations.
    • An overview of essential PACU concepts section covers issues such as patient safety, evidence-based research, and legal/ethical considerations
    • Anatomy and physiology chapters cover physiologic considerations for each body system
    • Pharmacology chapters cover basic principles as well as types of anesthetic agents such as intravenous anesthetics and regional anesthesia, including the physiology of action and the appropriate nursing interventions to prepare you for common situations in the PACU.
    • Nursing care chapters cover assessment, patient education, complications, pain management, and care of specialty-surgery patients.
    • A section on special considerations covers the care of patients of different ages and those with conditions such as malignant hyperthermia, substance abuse, and cardiac arrest.

  • Coverage of current policies and issues affecting perianesthesia nursing practice includes patient safety, infection control, managed care implications, pain management, and bioterrorism.
  • Nursing and pharmacologic interventions are integrated with in-depth coverage of pathophysiology for a comprehensive look at disease and treatment.

Table of Contents

Section I: The Postanesthesia Care Unit
1. Space Planning and Basic Equipment Systems
2. Perianesthesia Nursing as a Specialty
3. Management and Policies
4. Crisis Resource Management in the PACU
5. Infection Prevention and Control in the PACU

6. The Changing Health Care System and Its Implications for the PACU
7. Patient Safety and Legal Issues in the PACU

8. Ethics in Perianesthesia Nursing

9. Evidence-based Practice and Research
Section II: Physiologic Considerations in the PACU
10. The Nervous System
11. The Cardiovascular System
12. The Respiratory System
13. The Renal System
14. Fluid and Electrolytes
15. The Endocrine System
16. The Hepatobiliary and Gastrointestinal System
17. The Integumentary System
18. The Immune System
Section III: Concepts in Anesthetic Agents
19. Basic Principles of Pharmacology
20. Inhalation Anesthesia
21. Nonopioid Intravenous Anesthetics
22. Opioid Intravenous Anesthetics
23. Neuromuscular Blocking Agents
24. Local Anesthetics
25. Regional Anesthesia
Section IV: Nursing Care in the PACU
26. Transition from the Operating Room to the PACU
27. Assessment and Monitoring of the Perianesthesia Patient
28. Patient Education and Care of the Perianesthesia Patient
29. Postanesthesia Care Complications
30. Assessment and Management of the Airway
31. Pain Management
32. Care of the Ear, Nose, Throat, Neck, and Maxillofacial Surgical Patient
33. Care of the Ophthalmic Surgical Patient
34. Care of the Thoracic Surgical Patient
35. Care of the Cardiac Surgical Patient
36. Care of the Vascular Surgical Patient
37. Care of the Orthopedic Surgical Patient
38. Care of the Neurosurgical Patient
39. Care of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Surgical Patient
40. Care of the Gastrointestinal, Abdominal, and Anorectal Surgical Patient
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