This manual is aimed at all healthcare practitioners, from novice to expert, who care for the critically ill patient, recognising that different disciplines contribute to the provision of effective care and that essential knowledge and skills are shared by all practitioners. It provides evidence-based guidelines on core critical care procedures and includes a comprehensive competency framework and specific competencies to enable practitioners to assess their abilities and expertise. Each chapter provides a comprehensive overview, beginning with basic principles and progressing to more complex ideas, to support practitioners to develop their knowledge, skills and competencies in critical care.
Sue Cottle is a Consultant Nurse in Critical Care Services. Ruth Towell is a Practice Development Facilitator. Jane Mallett is Head of Nursing Research, Education and Practice. Dr. Ian White is an Intensivist in Critical. The authorship includes senior doctors, nurses and allied health professionals who are expert in a wide range of related clinical fields.
List of contributors Foreword by Julian Bion Foreword by Ged Williams Preface List of abbreviations Chapter 1 Scope and delivery of evidence-based care John W. Albarran and Annette Richardson Chapter 2 Competency-based practice Julie Scholes, Jo Richmond and Jane Mallett Chapter 3 Recognizing and managing the critically ill and at risk patient on a ward Mandy Odell Chapter 4 Admitting a critically ill patient Vanessa Gibson and Karen Hill Chapter 5 Assessment, monitoring and interventions for the respiratory system Maureen Coombs, Judy Dyos, David Waters and Ian Nesbitt Chapter 6 Monitoring of the cardiovascular system: insertion and assessment Alan T. Platt, Sarah Conolly and Jonathan Round Chapter 7 Titration of inotropes and vasopressors Kirsty Rutledge Chapter 8 Assessment and support of hydration and nutrition status and care Kirsty Rutledge and Ian Nesbitt Chapter 9 Continuous renal replacement therapies: assessment, monitoring and care Annette Richardson and Jayne Whatmore Chapter 10 Assessment and monitoring of analgesia, sedation, delirium and neuromuscular blockade levels and care Phil Laws and Nicola Rudall Chapter 11 Assessment and monitoring of neurological status Margaret A. Douglas and Sarah E.C. Platt Chapter 12 Assessment and care of tissue viability, and mouth and eye hygiene needs Philip Woodrow, Judy Elliott and Pauline Beldon Chapter 13 Assessment of sleep and sleep promotion Annette Richardson, Micheala Allsop and Elaine Coghill Chapter 14 Physical mobility and exercise interventions for critically ill patients D.J. McWilliams and Amanda Thomas Chapter 15 Transfer of the critically ill patient Andrew Baker and Simon M. Whiteley Chapter 16 Rehabilitation from critical illness Catherine I. Plowright and Christina Jones Chapter 17 Withdrawal of treatment and end of life care for the critically ill patient Natalie A. Pattison Chapter 18 Cardiopulmonary resuscitation Jackie S. Younker and Jasmeet Soar References and further reading Useful websites Index