Introduction to Critical Care Nursing - 5th Edition

Introduction to Critical Care Nursing

5th Edition

Authors: Mary Lou Sole Deborah Klein Marthe Moseley
Imprint: Saunders

Table of Contents


1. Overview of Critical Care Nursing

2. The Critical Care Experience

3. Ethical and Legal Issues in Critical Care Nursing

4. End-of-Life Care in the Critical Care Unit


5. Comfort and Sedation

6. Nutritional Support

7. Dysrhythmia Interpretation and Management

8. Hemodynamic Monitoring

9. Ventilatory Assistance

10. Code Management


11. Shock, Sepsis, and Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome

12. Cardiovascular Alterations

13. Nervous System Alterations

14. Acute Respiratory Failure

15. Acute Renal Failure

16. Hematological and Immune Disorders

17. Gastrointestinal Alterations

18. Endocrine Alterations

19. Trauma and Surgical Management

20. Burns


Here’s the essential information you need to know in critical care nursing — all in one concise text! Using a to-the-point, reader friendly approach, Introduction to Critical Care Nursing, 5th Edition, provides authoritative, real-world information on the important concepts of critical care nursing and the assessment and technical skills associated with the management of critically ill patients. The latest content on the technology makes it easy to learn and understand how to use the equipment you’ll use in the field. Nursing care chapters are organized according to the nursing process framework, and you’ll find detailed nursing care plans in every management chapter. Case studies and critical thinking questions challenge you to apply what you’ve learned, and user-friendly features throughout the text (updated pharmacology tables, clinical and laboratory alerts, and evidence-based practice boxes) help you bridge the gap between concepts and clinical practice.

Key Features

  • Nursing Care Plans provide nursing diagnoses, expected patient outcomes, and interventions with rationales to prepare you for clinical practice.
  • Case Studies challenge you to apply concepts from the book to real-life patient situations to test their critical thinking skills.
  • Streamlined and updated Pharmacology Tables detail the actions, indications, dosages and routes, and side effects of commonly used critical care drugs.
  • Clinical Alerts promote optimal patient safety and outcomes by highlighting potential problems and concerns in the clinical setting.
  • Laboratory Alerts discuss both common and cutting-edge tests and procedures, emphasizing the importance of laboratory test results to critical nursing care.
  • Critical Thinking Questions in every chapter encourage you to use and reinforce the concepts presented throughout the chapter.


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About the Authors

Mary Lou Sole Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Interim Dean and Orlando Health Endowed Chair in Nursing, College of Nursing, University of Central Florida; Research Scientist, Orlando Health, Orlando, Florida

Deborah Klein Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Coronary ICU and Heart Failure ICU, Cleveland Clinic; Clinical Instructor, Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; Adjunct Faculty, College of Nursing, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio

Marthe Moseley Author

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Director Clinical Practice, Office of Nursing Services, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Critical Care, Veterans Healthcare Administration, Washington, DC; Professor, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, Utah; Adjunct Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing, San Antonio, Texas