Critical Care Nursing. Learning from Practice

  • ID: 2222555
  • Book
  • 300 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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Critical Care Nursing: Learning from Practice takes a unique approach to critical care. Based around case scenarios that have the patient as the central focus, each chapter is constructed around an example of a critically ill patient with specific care needs. The chapters then go on to critically explore the knowledge and skills required to deliver expert care.

Exploring a range of critical care scenarios, including respiratory failure, neurological/sensory problems, the patient with inflammation/infection, haemodynamics, renal failure, gastrointestinal problems, Critical Care Nursing will enable the reader to apply fundamental knowledge to more complex patient problems. Each chapter develops knowledge of the related physiology/pathophysiology, appropriate nursing interventions that are research/evidence based, technical skills, data interpretation and critical appraisal skills.

Critical Care Nursing: Learning from Practice is an essential resource for practitioners faced with complex and challenging patient cases.

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Contributor list.



1 The patient with acute lung injury (ALI) (Julie Hamilton).

2 The patient requiring complex weaning from mechanical ventilation (Dr. Cheryl Crocker).

3 The patient with fever (Kate Brown).

4 The patient with severe sepsis (Suzanne Bench).

5 The patient following cardiac surgery (Dr. Maureen Coombs).

6 The patient with severe upper gastrointestinal bleeding due to oesophageal varices (Suzanne Sargent).

7 The patient with altered blood glucose (Danielle Fullwood).

8 The patient with increased abdominal pressure (Suzanne Bench).

9 The patient with an acute kidney injury (Annette Davies and Suzanne Bench).

10 The patient in acute pain (Dr. Sinead Mehigan).

11 The patient requiring sedation (Tina Moore).

12 The patient with raised intracranial pressure (Deborah Slade).

13 The patient with delirium (Deborah Slade and Kate Brown).

14 The patient with seizure activity (Clair Merriman).

15 The patient following poisoning (Sue Whaley).

16 The patient with long–term needs (Ruth Cork).

17 The patient requiring end–of–life care (Ruth Cork).



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The book has an easy to–follow format, is informative and follows a person–centred approach to each topic. There is a big focus on evidence–based care even offering a recommended reading list and including a critical appraisal of a relevant research paper in each chapter.   (Nursing, 18 April 2012)

Excellent clear, comprehensive, succinct.   (3
rd year nursing student, Canterbury Christ Church University)

  All in all very impressed with the book, it s coming in very handy for my exams and many of my friends have shown interest in buying it for themselves. (3rd year nursing student, Bucks New Uni)

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