Saunders Nursing Survival Guide: Critical Care & Emergency Nursing

2nd Edition


  • Lori Schumacher
  • Cynthia Chernecky
  • Key Features

    • Consistent headings break content into four succinct areas of review: What (subject) IS, What You NEED TO KNOW, What You DO, and Do You UNDERSTAND?
    • Clinical terms and shorthand expressions are highlighted, exposing you to terminology used in the hospital setting.
    • A color insert illustrates concepts and principles of critical care and emergency nursing, including various complications
    • Mnemonic devices aid your memory and interactive activities help you learn, with exercises including fill in the blank, matching, word jumbles, true/false, and crossword puzzles.
    • Special icons help you focus on vital information:
      • Take Home Points help you prepare for clinical rotations.
      • Caution notes alert you to dangerous conditions and how to avoid them.
      • Lifespan notes point out age-related variations in signs and symptoms, nursing interventions, and patient teaching.
      • Culture notes cite possible variations related to a patient’s cultural background.
      • Web links direct you to Internet resources for additional research and study.

    Table of Contents

    1. Review of Hemodynamics

    2. Shock Trauma

    a. Anaphylaxis and Anaphylactic Shock

    b. Cardiogenic Shock

    c. Hypovolemic Shock

    d. Neurogenic Shock

    e. Septic Shock

    3. Trauma and Emergency Care

    a. Rapid Sequence Intubation

    b. Increased Intracranial Pressure

    c. Traumatic Brain Injury

    d. Acute Hemmorrhage/Penetrating Trauma

    e. Cardiac Tamponade

    f. Hypothermia

    g. Near Drowning

    h. Overdose

    i. Disaster Preparedness

    4. Cardiovascular System

    a. Angina

    b. Acute Coronary Syndrome

    c. Heart Failure

    5. Respiratory System

    a. Non-invasive Ventilation

    b. Mechanical Ventilation

    c. Pulmonary Embolus

    d. Acute Respiratory Distress

    6. Nervous System

    a. Seizure

    b. Status Epilepticus

    c. Meningitis

    d. Spinal Cord Injuries

    e. Spinal Cord Compression

    7. Gastrointestinal System

    a. Gastrointestinal Bleeding

    b. Bowel Obstruction

    c. Pancreatitis

    d. Liver Failure

    8. Renal System

    a. Acute Tubular Necrosis

    b. Chronic Renal Failure

    c. Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy

    9. Endocrine System

    a. Hyperglycemia

    b. Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone

    c. Diabetes Insipidus

    d. Cerebral Salt Wasting

    10. Hematolgic System

    a. Thrombocytopenia

    b. Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation

    11. Integumentary System

    a. Burns

    b. Necrotizing Fascitis

    12. Multisystem

    a. Code Management (New ACLS Guidelines; Rapid Response Teams)

    b. Multiorgan Dysfunction Syndrome


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    About the editors

    Lori Schumacher

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Associate Professor, Georgia Health Sciences University, School of Nursing, Augusta, GA

    Cynthia Chernecky

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Professor, Department of Physiological and Technological Nursing, School of Nursing, Georgia Health Sciences University, Augusta, GA