Introduction to Critical Care Nursing - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 6th Edition
Elsevier eBook on VitalSource®

Introduction to Critical Care Nursing - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 6th Edition


User-friendly and easy to understand, Introduction to Critical Care Nursing, 6th Edition offers clear, concise coverage of essential critical care concepts, technology, and procedures. Completely updated, evidence-based content addresses the latest advances in high-acuity care and emphasizes patient safety and optimum patient outcomes. Plus, an abundance of active learning resources and realistic case studies enables you to apply your knowledge and strengthen your critical thinking and clinical decision-making skills.

    • Case studies challenge you to apply concepts from the book to real-life, patient-specific cases with lab results and accompanying questions to test your critical thinking skills.

    • Critical thinking questions in every chapter encourage you to apply the concepts presented throughout the chapter.

    • Evidence-Based Practice boxes illustrate how research and evidence are used to address problems in patient care and their implications for nursing practice. Boxes include the AACN’s new system for Level of Evidence: A, B, C, D, E, and M.

    • Nursing care plans provide nursing diagnoses, expected patient outcomes, and interventions with rationales to prepare you for clinical practice.

    • Clinical Alerts promote patient safety and better clinical care by highlighting potential problems and concerns for a variety of settings.

    • Laboratory Alerts discuss both common and cutting-edge tests and procedures, emphasizing the importance of laboratory test results to critical nursing care.
    • Pharmacology tables detail the actions/usage, indications, dosages/routes, side effects, and nursing implications of commonly used critical care drugs.
    • A new chapter on Solid Organ Transplantation provides information on caring for both donors and recipients receiving these increasingly common procedures, emphasizing the commonalities and unique attributes for the various transplantations.
    • Enhanced ECG measurement coverage helps you master this complex area with standardized ECG strips that are 6 seconds long and computer rendered for clarity.
    • An emphasis on QSEN competencies enables you to gain the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed for providing high-quality, safe health care.
    • NEW! Bariatric Considerations boxes highlight the effects of obesity on critical illness, as well as important safety alerts and interventions for the morbidly obese.
    • NEW! Colorful design includes full-color illustrations that visually clarify key concepts and revised algorithms that use color to enhance your understanding of the latest American Heart Association guidelines.


      • Overview of Critical Care Nursing

      • Patient and Family Response to the Critical Care Experience 

      • Ethical and Legal Issues in Critical Care Nursing

      • End-of-Life Care in the Critical Care Unit


      • Comfort and Sedation

      • Nutritional Support

      • Dysrhythmia Interpretation and Management

      • Hemodynamic Monitoring

      • Ventilatory Assistance

      • Rapid Response Teams and Code Management


      • Shock, Sepsis, and Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome

      • Cardiovascular Alterations

      • Nervous System Alterations

      • Acute Respiratory Failure

      • Acute Kidney Injury

      • Hematological and Immune Disorders

      • Gastrointestinal Alterations

      • Endocrine Alterations

      • Trauma and Surgical Management

      • Burns
      • Solid Organ Transplantation NEW!
      Mary Lou Sole, PhD, RN, CCNS, CNL, FAAN, FCCM, Interim Dean and Orlando Health Endowed Chair in Nursing, College of Nursing, University of Central Florida; Research Scientist, Orlando Health, Orlando, Florida, Deborah Goldenberg Klein, MSN, RN, APRN-BC, CCRN, FAHA, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Coronary ICU and Heart Failure ICU, Cleveland Clinic; Clinical Instructor, Francis Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio; Adjunct Faculty, College of Nursing, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio and Marthe J. Moseley, PhD, RN, CCNS, Associate Director Clinical Practice, Office of Nursing Services, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Critical Care, Veterans Healthcare Administration, Washington, DC; Professor, Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, Utah; Adjunct Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing, San Antonio, Texas


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