Accident & Emergency - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 3rd Edition
Elsevier eBook on VitalSource®

Accident & Emergency - Elsevier eBook on VitalSource, 3rd Edition


Accident & Emergency: Theory into Practice is the comprehensive textbook for emergency nurses, covering the full range of emergency care issues, including trauma management and trauma care, the lifespan, psychological issues, physiology for practice, practice and professional issues. This book is about more than what a nurse should do; it is about why it should be done, leading to sustainable and safer practice.

The third edition of this ever-popular text expands its horizons to include contributions from emergency care professionals in New Zealand, Australia and the Republic of Ireland, as well as the United Kingdom.

  • Applied anatomy and physiology and how it changes in injury and ill health
  • Treatment and management of a wide range of emergency conditions
  • Includes emergency care across the life continuum, trauma management, psychological dimensions and practice and professional issues.
    • ‘Transportation of the critically ill patient’ chapter outlines the nursing and operational considerations related to transportation of the acutely ill person.
      • ‘Creating patient flow’ chapter overviews the concepts behind patient flow across the wider health system and introduces the key concept of staff and patient time. It explores some of the techniques used in manufacturing and service industries and its application to health system, illustrating how to reduce the waste of patient and staff time.
        • ‘Managing issues of culture and power in ED’ chapter demonstrates that cultural awareness is about much more than recognising the different religious needs of patients and their families; it’s also about recognising culture, diversity, stereotyping and expressions of power.
          • Updated to reflect the latest practice and guidelines in this fast-changing field of practice.

            Part 1 Trauma management

            1. Pre-hospital care

            2. Trauma life support

            3. Major incidents

            4. Transportation of the acutely ill patient

            Part 2 Trauma care

            5. Head injuries

            6. Skeletal injuries

            7. Spinal injuries

            8. Thoracic injuries

            9. Abdominal injuries

            10. Maxillofacial injuries

            11. Burns

            Part 3 Psychological dimensions

            12. Aggression

            13. Stress and stress management

            14. Care of the bereaved

            15. Mental health emergencies

            Part 4 Life continuum

            16. Infants

            17. Pre-school child

            18. Age 5 to puberty

            19. Adolescence

            20. Young adults

            21. Middle years

            22. Older people

            Part 5 Physiology for ED practice

            23. Physiology for ED practice

            24. Wound care

            25. Pain and pain management

            26. Local and regional anaesthesia

            Part 6 Emergency care

            27. Cardiac emergencies

            28. Medical emergencies

            29. Surgical emergencies

            30. Gynaecological and obstetric emergencies

            31. Ophthalmic emergencies

            32. Ear, nose and throat emergencies

            Part 7 Practice issues in emergency care

            33. People with learning disabilities

            34. Health promotion

            35. Triage

            Part 8 Professional issues in ED

            36. Leadership

            37. Clinical decision-making

            38. Ethical issues

            39. Law

            40. Health & safety

            41. Managing issues of culture and power in ED

            42. Improving patient flow

            Appendix: Normal values


            Brian Dolan, MSc(Oxon), MSc(Nurs), BSc(Hons), RMN, RGN, CHSM, Director of Service Improvement and Patient Flow, Canterbury District Health Board, Christchurch, New Zealand; Director, Dolan & Holt Consultancy Ltd., UK; Vice Chair, RCN Emergency Care Association, UK and Lynda Holt, MA, RGN, EN(G), DipHS, Managing Director, Dolan & Holt Consultancy Ltd, UK; Formerly Chair, Royal College of Nursing Accident and Emergency Nursing Association, UK