This newly updated, quick-access guide for critical care nurses covers the most common admitting diagnoses and reviews their causes, signs and symptoms, and interventions. Critical care nursing requires astute assessment, adept communication, and the ability to multitask, as well as a high degree of adaptability. In the ICU, patient status and plan of care change constantly, presenting multifaceted problems for nurses and healthcare providers. This authoritative resource, with bulleted, bite-sized content, provides information to the busy ICU nurse in a heartbeat.
Fast Facts for the Critical Care Nurse, Second Edition, has been updated with the most current evidence-based guidelines and standards. Now organized by body system, this reference presents the latest treatment modalities and provides quick access to lab values and hemodynamic parameters. Part I introduces the foundations of critical care. Part II progresses by body system to cover common procedures and interventions. Part III covers patient- and family-centered care, discussing palliative directives and organ donation.New to the Second Edition: Seven completely new chaptersChapter reorganization by body systemUpdated to include newest treatment modalitiesSpeedy access to appendices with common lab values, hemodynamic parameters, IV medications, and EKG rhythm examplesKey Features: Provides quick access to essential information needed on a daily basisIncludes Fast Facts boxes to help guide the readerAuthored by a respected nurse leader, educator, and AACN/Wharton Executive Leadership Fellow