Manual of Critical Care Nursing - 6th Edition - ISBN: 9780323063760, 9780323065924

Manual of Critical Care Nursing

6th Edition

Nursing Interventions and Collaborative Management

Authors: Marianne Baird Susan Bethel
eBook ISBN: 9780323065924
eBook ISBN: 9780323168465
Imprint: Mosby
Published Date: 29th November 2010
Page Count: 1008

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It's the ideal go-to reference for the clinical setting! Compact and easy to use, Manual of Critical Care Nursing, 6th Edition presents essential information on approximately 80 disorders and conditions, as well as concepts relevant to caring for all critically ill patients and functioning in the critical care environment. Award-winning clinical nurse specialists Marianne Baird and Sue Bethel separate the content first by body system and then by disorder, with each disorder including a brief description of pathophysiology, assessment, diagnostic testing, collaborative management, nursing diagnoses, desired outcomes, nursing interventions, and patient teaching and rehabilitation. A concise format presents the material in a way that reflects a practicing nurse's thought processes.

Key Features

  • Coverage of approximately 80 critical care conditions/disorders includes those most commonly seen in critical care units.
  • Chapter outlines provide easy access to disorders.
  • A portable size makes it ideal for use in the unit or bedside, and is also easy to carry on campus.
  • Unique! Gerontology icon highlights considerations relating to the care of older adults.
  • Unique! Research briefs in special boxes discuss selected research studies for evidence-based patient care.
  • Unique! The latest NANDA-approved nursing diagnoses increase familiarity with NANDA terminology.
  • Appendixes provide quick reference to information needed in the critical care setting.

Table of Contents

1. General Concepts in Caring for the Critically Ill

Acid-Base Imbalances

Alterations in Consciousness

Fluid and Electrolyte Disturbances

Hemodynamic Monitoring

Mechanical Ventilation

Nutritional Support


Prolonged Immobility

Sedation and Neuromuscular Blockade

Wound and Skin Care

2. Managing the Critical Care Environment


Emerging Infections

Emotional and Spiritual Support of the Patient and Significant Others

Ethical Considerations in Critical Care

Patient Safety  NEW!

3. Multisystem Trauma

Major Trauma

Abdominal Trauma

Acute Cardiac Tamponade

Acute Spinal Cord Injury


Compartment Syndrome/Ischemic Myositis


Pelvic Fractures

Renal and Lower Urinary Tract Trauma

Traumatic Brain Injury

Thoracic Trauma

4. Respiratory Dysfunctions

Respiratory Assessment: General

Acute Asthma Exacerbation

Acute Lung Injury and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Acute Pneumonia

Acute Respiratory Failure


Pulmonary Embolus (PE)

Pulmonary Hypertension

5. Cardiovascular Dysfunctions

Cardiovascular Assessment: General

Heart Failure

Acute Coronary Syndromes/Coronary Artery Thrombolysis

Acute Infective Endocarditis

Acute Pericarditis

Aortic Aneurysm/Dissection

Cardiogenic Shock


Dysrhythmias and Conduction Disturbances

Hypertensive Emergencies

Peripheral Vascular Disease  NEW!

Valvular Heart Disease

6. Renal Failure

Renal Assessment: General

Acute Renal Failure/Acute Kidney Injury

Continuous Renal Replacement Therapies  NEW!

7. Neurologic Dysfunctions

Neurologic Assessment: General

Brain Death

Cerebral Aneurysm and Subarachnoid Hemorrhage

Care of the Patient after Intracranial Surgery


Neurodegenerative and Neuromuscular Disorders

Status Epilepticus

Stroke: Ischemic and Hemorrhagic

8. Endocrinologic Dysfunctions

Endocrinologic Assessment: General

Acute Adrenal Insufficiency (Adrenal Crisis)

Diabetes Insipidus

Hyperglycemia, Ketoacidosis, and Hyperosmolar Syndrome  NEW!

Myxedema Coma

Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone

Thyrotoxic Crisis (Thyroid Storm)

9. Gastrointestinal Dysfunctions

Gastrointestinal Assessment: General

Acute Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Acute Pancreatitis

Enterocutaneous Fistulas

Hepatic Failure


10. Hematologic/Immunologic Dysfunctions

Hematologic Assessment: General

Anaphylactic Shock

Profound Anemias/Hemolytic Crisis

Bleeding and Thrombotic Disorders

11. Multisystem Stressors

Abdominal Hypertension and Compartment Syndrome

Drug Overdose

High-Risk Obstetrics

Oncologic Emergencies  NEW!

Organ Transplantation  NEW!

Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (SIRS), Sepsis, Septic Shock, and Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome (MODS)


1.  Heart and Breath Sounds

2.  Glasgow Coma Scale

3.  Cranial Nerves: Assessment and Dysfunctions

4.  Major Deep Tendon (Muscle-Stretch) Reflexes

5.  Major Superficial (Cutaneous) Reflexes

6.   Inotropic and Vasoactive Medication Infusions

7.  Sample Relaxation Technique

8. Abbreviations Used in this Manual


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About the Author

Marianne Baird

Affiliations and Expertise

Clinical Nurse Specialist, Acute Care; Magnet Program Coordinator, Center for Nursing Excellence, Saint Joseph's Hospital, Atlanta, GA

Susan Bethel

Affiliations and Expertise

Director of Clinical Programs & Research, Greenville Hospital Systems, University Medical Center, Greenville, SC