Principles and Practice of Trauma Nursing - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780443064050, 9780702039683

Principles and Practice of Trauma Nursing

1st Edition

Authors: Rose Ann O'Shea
eBook ISBN: 9780702039683
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 26th August 2005
Page Count: 752

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This unique, authoritative book explores the spectrum of trauma care provided in the UK, discussing procedures for specific trauma presentations as well as the nurse's role in providing care in the emergency setting. Chapters on the relevant biosciences are included, which serve as an excellent source of review or instruction for nurses of all levels. In addition to the basic science dimensions of trauma nursing, the book also addresses clinical, psychosocial, and psychological aspects of care. Its structured approach to patient management presents information in an easy-to-follow format. Research evidence is used throughout to support the text, laying the foundation for expert nursing practice.

Key Features

  • Multidisciplinary approach makes the book relevant to current practice.
  • Key learning points are highlighted with the text to help direct the reader's attention and encourage learning.
  • A wide range of expert contributors makes the book a credible and authoritative source.
  • Easy-to-understand chapters on fundamental biosciences expand readers' knowledge.
  • Extensive illustrations, line drawings, and easy-to-read tables provide clear, visual explanations of important material.
  • Appropriate references and recommended sources for further reading help readers develop knowledge and insight.
  • Structured textbook format facilitates learning, enables information to be found quickly, and makes the book more user-friendly.
  • The section on pre-hospital care presents a key piece of the trauma care spectrum, rather than focusing solely on the nurse's role in in-hospital care.

Table of Contents

SECTION 1: Trauma care in perspective

1. Trauma care in context

2. Kinetics and mechanisms of injury

3. A structured approach to caring for the trauma patient

4. Pre-hospital care

5. Stabilisation and transport of the critically ill

6. The management of major incidents and mass casualty situations

SECTION 2: Applied biosciences in trauma care

7. Homeostasis

8. Applied biochemistry pertaining to the trauma patient

9. Acid–base balance

10. The oxygen dissociation curve

11. Applied physiology pertaining to the trauma patient

12. Haemodynamic disturbances
13. Pathophysiological mechanisms of shock

14. Applied pharmacology pertaining to the trauma patient

15. The pathogenesis of disease and infection control

SECTION 3: Resuscitation and stabilisation of the critically ill

16. Aetiology of cardiac arrest in trauma

17. Basic life support in adults

18. Advanced life support in adults

19. Recognition and management of shock

20. Monitoring the trauma patient

21. Analgesia and anaesthesia

SECTION 4: Major trauma

22. Head and neck trauma

23. Cardiothoracic trauma

24. Orthopaedic trauma

25. Spinal trauma

26. Multiple trauma

27. Abdominal trauma

28. Maxillofacial trauma

29. Ocular trauma

30. Paediatric trauma

31. Care of the patient with major burns

32. Blast and gunshot injuries

33. Injuries

34. Management of traumatic wounds

SECTION 5: Clinical conditions and their impact on trauma care

35. Medical emergencies

36. Paediatric emergencies

37. Trauma in special circumstances

38. Sudden death

SECTION 6: Professional dimensions
39. Legal aspects of trauma nursing

40. The future of trauma care delivery

Appendix: Organisms causing disease in humans


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About the Author

Rose Ann O'Shea

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant Nurse, Emergency Care, Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, UK