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Critical Care Nursing, Diagnosis and Management 7e


Author: Linda D. Urden DNSc RN CNS NE-BC FAAN

Publisher: Mosby


Publish Date: May 15, 2013

ISBN-10: 323091784

Pages: 1232

File Type: PDF

Language: English

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Book Preface


A dominant theme of the book continues to be nursing diagnosis and management, reflecting the strength of critical care nursing practice. Wherever possible, evidence-based critical care practice is incorporated into nursing interventions. To foster critical thinking and decision making, a boxed “menu” of nursing diagnoses complete with specific etiologic or related factors accompanies each medical disorder and major medical treatment discussion and directs the learner to Appendix A, where appropriate nursing management is detailed. To facilitate student learning, the nursing management plans of care incorporate nursing diagnosis definition, etiologic or related factors, clinical manifestations, and interventions with rationale. The nursing management plans are liberally cross referenced throughout the book for easy retrieval by the reader.


• QSEN boxes highlight the quality and safety issues for nurses that are key to the care of critically ill patients. Boxes devoted to this material are identified with the QSEN icon.
• Internet Resources Boxes are located at the end of chapters, as appropriate, and contain references for the reader to search the source directly for further information.
• Glossary has been added to the Evolve website for quick reference regarding definition of concepts in the text.

Special Features

• Concept Maps appear in the disorders chapters. Eighteen concept maps portray the nursing care and treatment for complex medical conditions. Eight maps are new to this edition; ten are carried over from the 6th edition. The map design has been updated from the last edition. A key explaining the components and shapes of the maps is included on each one. Maps are provided for the following conditions: Acute Coronary Syndrome, Acute Kidney Injury, Acute Lung Failure, Anaphylactic Shock, Cardiogenic Shock, Diabetes Insipidus (DI), Diabetic Ketoacidosis, Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage, Heart Failure, Hyperglycemic Hyperosmolar State (HHS), Hypovolemic Shock, Inappropriate Secretion of Antidiuretic Hormone (SIADH), Intracranial Hypertension, Neurogenic Shock, Septic Shock, Shock, and Stroke.
• The maps portray the outcome approach to nursing care, depicting how the nursing interventions will alter a nursing diagnosis once they are implemented. The diagnosis is substantiated by the pathophysiology, by the things that are known to exist within the patient. The illustrations provide an additional learning tool for users to understand the complexity of the various conditions.
• Case Studies promote student learning and critical thinking by illustrating the clinical course of a patient experiencing the history, clinical assessment, diagnostic procedures, and diagnoses discussed in the related unit or chapter. All Case Studies include critical thinking questions to facilitate discussion. Answers to the questions are available on the Evolve website as a special resource for instructors.
• Evidence-Based Practice special feature highlights important research-based articles on key topics in critical care nursing.
• Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC) feature appears in the therapeutic management chapters and lists the important nursing actions for a variety of nursing interventions that would be commonly incorporated in the management of a critically ill patient requiring a specific therapeutic treatment, such as mechanical ventilation
• Pharmacologic Management tables are also found in the therapeutic management chapters; these tables outline the common medications, along with any special considerations, used in treatment of the different disorders presented in the text.
• Patient Education boxes are placed in the disorders chapters and list the special topics that should be taught to the patient and family to prepare them for discharge.
• Data Collection boxes located in the clinical assessment chapters contain information that should be included as part of the patient’s history.
• Nursing Diagnoses boxes display the diagnoses associated with particular disorders in a summary format with references to the corresponding nursing management plans in Appendix A.

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