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.
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.
New to this Edition
Revised format mirrors a practicing nurse's approach to patient care, making it easier to find information.
Newly formatted care plans incorporate diagnoses, interventions, and desired outcomes in a consistent, logical organization.
Patient safety alerts and high alerts call attention to issues important to a patient's safety.
Unique! Diagnostic Tests tables highlight the definition, purpose, and abnormal findings for each test.
Hyperglycemia, Ketoacidosis, and Hyperosmolar Syndrome NEW!
Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone
Thyrotoxic Crisis (Thyroid Storm)
9. Gastrointestinal Dysfunctions
Gastrointestinal Assessment: General
Acute Gastrointestinal Bleeding
10. Hematologic/Immunologic Dysfunctions
Hematologic Assessment: General
Profound Anemias/Hemolytic Crisis
Bleeding and Thrombotic Disorders
11. Multisystem Stressors
Abdominal Hypertension and Compartment Syndrome
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
By Marianne Saunorus Baird, RN, MN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Acute Care; Magnet Program Coordinator, Center for Nursing Excellence, Saint Joseph's Hospital, Atlanta, GA and Susan Bethel, RN, MS, CNRN, Director of Clinical Programs and Research, Greenville Hospital Systems, University Medical Center, Greenville, SC