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Acute and Critical Care in Adult Nursing

Acute and Critical Care in Adult Nursing

Third Edition

April 2022 | 368 pages | Learning Matters
This book develops your ability to manage the care of critically and acutely ill patients, and recognise and deal with the early signs of deterioration. Taking a practical real-life approach to care, each chapter focuses on a patient with a particular issue, from chest pain to sepsis, considering the primary symptoms before working through the knowledge and skills needed to care for that patient. The book focuses on developing clinical assessment and decision-making skills, leaving you confident and competent in caring for patients who are unstable, deteriorating or critically ill.

Key features
  • Each chapter is mapped to the 2018 NMC Standards
  • Packed with engaging real-life practice examples and activities
  • Provides robust evidence-based tools and frameworks to use in practice, such as ABCDE assessments

Chapter 1: Assessing, Recognising and Responding to Acute and Critical Illness
Chapter 2: The Breathless Patient
Chapter 3: The Patient who Needs Respiratory Support
Chapter 4: The Patient with Chest Pain
Chapter 5: The Patient in Pain
Chapter 6: The Patient in Shock
Chapter 7: The Patient with Sepsis and Distributive Shock
Chapter 8: The Patient with Delirium
Chapter 9: The Patient with Acute Kidney Injury
Chapter 10: The Patient with Physiological Trauma
Chapter 11: The Patient with Altered Consciousness
Chapter 12: The Patient with an Endocrine Disorder
Chapter 13: Conclusion: Lessons Learned - An Action Plan for Practice

Very good introductory text for many of the subjects covered in module.

Mr Neil Blurton
Faculty of Education & Health, Greenwich University
July 3, 2024

Recommended reading as it aligns with some of the learning outcomes of the module. Particularly enjoyed the chapters on acute kidney injury and altered consciousness. Very well written. Scenarios and case studies help develop critical thinking. This book will be a very useful resource for students studying specialist and complex care modules at undergraduate level.

Mr Conor Hamilton
School of Nursing & Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast
May 28, 2024

The book follows a really good structure and is easy to read. Each chapter is linked to the NMC platforms. Each clinical condition is linked to a patient scenario and use of an ABCDE assessment to recognise clinical deterioration and manage care.

Mrs Rachel Murray
Department of Nursing, Huddersfield University
September 30, 2022

Clear and concise. Good use of case studies which supports the link between theory and practice.

Miss angie louise keeling
Nursing, Hertfordshire University
April 28, 2022

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