Advanced Practice in Critical Care: A Case Study Approach

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Sarah McGloin, Anne McLeod
John Wiley & Sons, Feb 9, 2010 - Medical - 280 pages
Advanced Practice in Critical Care provides experienced critical care nurses with a clear and distinct evidence base for contemporary critical care practice. Central to the book is the application of research and evidence to practice and therefore, case studies and key critical care clinical situations are used throughout to guide the reader through the patient care trajectory.

Each chapter introduces an initial patient scenario and as the chapter progresses, the patient scenario develops with the theoretical perspectives and application. In this way, it is evident how multi-organ dysfunction develops, impacting upon and influencing other body systems, demonstrating the multi-organ impact that is often experienced by the critically ill patient. In this way, consequences of critical illness such as acute renal failure, haemostatic failure and liver dysfunction are explored. Throughout the text, key research findings and critical care treatment strategies are referred to, applied and evaluated in the context of the given patient case study. Advanced assessment techniques are explained and the underlying pathophysiology is discussed in depth. Advanced Practice in Critical Care is an essential resource for experienced practitioners within critical care whom primarily care for patients requiring high dependency or intensive care.

 

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Contents

Contributors and acknowledgements
xi
1 Challenges in contemporary critical care
1
2 The physiological basis of critical illness
9
3 The patient with haemodynamic compromise leading to renal dysfunction
26
4 The septic patient
71
5 The patient with acute respiratory failure
105
6 The patient with chronic respiratory failure
143
7 The patient with an intracranial insult
161
8 The patient with a traumatic injury
188
9 The patient with a diabetic emergency
215
10 The longterm patient in intensive care unit
228
11 Ethical considerations in critical care
247
Index
261
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Sarah McGloin is Senior Lecturer in Acute Care at Anglia Ruskin University, UK.

Anne McLeod is Senior Lecturer Critical Care at City University, UK.

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