Initial Management of Acute Medical Patients: A Guide for Nurses and Healthcare Practitioners (2nd Revised edition)

Initial Management of Acute Medical Patients: A Guide for Nurses and Healthcare Practitioners (2nd Revised edition)

By: Michelle Garner (editor), Ian Wood (editor)Paperback

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Initial Management of Acute Medical Patients is a clinically focused, practical and contemporary guide for assessing and managing patients with acute medical conditions. Suitable for all nurses and healthcare practitioners in medical assessment units and medical wards, as well as A&E staff, it uses a structured approach based on common presenting features and focuses on the first 24 hours of the patient's hospital stay. It draws on a wide range of supporting evidence and also provides sources for further reading. Key features: * Written predominantly by nurses for nurses, this text is also suitable for a range of healthcare professionals, including paramedics and nurse practitioners, and anybody working in an acute care environment, including primary care assessment units, clinical decision units and intermediate care * Designed as a quick reference text for use in clinical practice * Extensively referenced throughout, thus increasing its appeal to practitioners at all stages of their careers and to those who are undertaking further study * Devotes two entire chapters to assessing and meeting the acute care needs of vulnerable adults (i.e. older adults, those with mental health needs, and those with learning disabilities), and discussing best practice in dealing with sudden death * Each chapter offers clear, concise and down-to-earth information based on a common presenting symptom and provides practical advice, supported by best evidence and the most up to date clinical guidelines * Fully updated and extensively expanded to include recent guidelines and procedures


List of Contributors iv Preface vi Acknowledgements vii Introduction viii Normal Clinical Values ix 1 Initial Assessment of the Acute Medical Patient 1 Judith Morgan and Ian Wood 2 Vulnerable Adults 23 Louise Nelson, Scott Inglis, Fiona Howell, Michael Gibbs and Judi Thorley 3 Sudden Death 56 Sue Read and Jane Jervis 4 Cardiac Arrest 80 Carole Donaldson 5 Shock 108 Judith Morgan and Ian Wood 6 Altered Consciousness 133 Ian Wood and Carole Donaldson 7 Shortness of Breath 170 Michelle Garner, Susan Hope and Ian Wood 8 Chest Pain 221 Michelle Garner 9 Abdominal Pain and Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding 262 Toni Jordan, Ruth Harris and Terry Wardle 10 Extremity Pain and Swelling 288 Ian Wood Index 300

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781444337167
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9781444337167
  • weight: 492
  • ISBN10: 1444337165
  • edition: 2nd Revised edition

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