Nursing the Acutely Ill Adult
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Nurses in all areas of clinical practice must be able to recognise, assess and manage changes to a patient's condition. With a strong focus on pathophysiology, the comprehensive new edition of this essential textbook retains the case study approach that made the first edition so popular with students and educators alike. Offering further reading resources and definitions of key terms to aid learning it develops nurses' key skills such as identifying and explaining the pathophysiology of sepsis; recognising and managing hypovolaemic shock; assessment and management of cardiovascular, neurological and traumatic injury; and understanding priorities in initial stroke assessment and management, including nursing care following administration of a thrombolytic drug.
Written by contributors from a range of clinical and academic backgrounds, Nursing the Acutely Ill Adult is essential reading for all students within the adult branch of nursing, a comprehensive book guide to understanding the common signs and symptoms related to serious acute illness in adults.
An in-depth case study approach: uses realistic detailed case studies to illustrate and explain this complex area of care.
Integrates anatomy with pathophysiology
Designed to encourage developmental questioning and critical thinking to help readers to link their knowledge to priorities in nursing assessment and management of acutely ill adults
With accessible features, clear explanations, diagrams, figures and learning outcomes to provide readers with the clear knowledge and skills to assess and act on the signs of deterioration in acutely ill adults
A chapter on strokes to account for the significant changes that have occurred in the management of the hyper-acute phase of stroke
A chapter on sepsis in response to feedback from students, staff and lead clinicians
Case studies revised to accommodate a wider variety of settings
Covers possible interventions for problems related to diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and renal disease
Alison Malecki-Ketchell MSc RN is Nurse Lecturer and Teaching Lead in the School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds, UK. Alison has been a lecturer since the mid 1990s and both her subject expertise and research interests are in acute and cardiac care. Alison's clinical background was as senior sister in cardiology and coronary care, and she has maintained close links with clinical practice throughout her teaching career. Alison is currently working toward a PhD at the University of Leeds.