Critical Care Nursing of Older Adults

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Critical Care Nursing of Older Adults

SKU# 9780826110961

Best Practices, Third Edition


  • Marquis D. Foreman PhD, RN, FAAN
  • Koen Milisen PhD, RN
  • Terry T. Fulmer PhD, RN, FAAN

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2010 AJN Book of the Year Award Winner in Critical Care--Emergency Nursing!

Designated a Doody's Core Title!

This evidence-based book is an excellent reference for ensuring high-quality management of the elderly and of their particular needs in the critical care setting.


[This] book's contents run the gamut of elder problems and care: physiology, pharmacology, nutrition, restraints, substance is a compendium that can be used as a text or a resource.

--Claire M. Fagin, PhD, RN, FAAN (From the Foreword)

This book is an evidence-based, best-practices guide that directs the bedside care of critically ill elders. The book serves as a reference on major clinical issues for nurses working at the forefront of care-from nurses in critical care and step-down units to those in trauma and emergency departments. Nurse educators at all degree levels will also find this book to be useful as a textbook and resource for students.

The authors provide evidence-based, practical guidelines for both the complex clinical and management aspects of care. The book offers comprehensive coverage of all the issues caregivers need to be up to date on, including the standards of practice for geriatric care, new technologies, pharmacotherapy, pain management issues, ethical issues, and much more.

Key topics discussed:

  • Strategies for patient safety for older patients in the intensive care setting
  • Family responses to critical care of the older adult
  • Infection, sepsis, and immune function
  • Understanding and managing sleep disorders in older patients in the ICU
  • Heart failure in the critically ill older patient
  • Substance abuse and withdrawal in elderly patients

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 16, 2009
  • Page Count 632
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826110961
  • EISBN 9780826110978

About The Author(s) 

Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN,

is president of the John A. Hartford Foundation and leads its work to improve the health of older adults in the United States. Dr. Fulmer was previously university distinguished professor and dean of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University where she was also professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. Previous to her role as dean of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences, Dr. Fulmer served as the Erline Perkins McGriff Professor of Nursing and founding dean of the New York University (NYU) College of Nursing. Dr. Fulmer is nationally and internationally recognized as a leading expert in geriatrics, and is best known for her research on elder abuse and neglect, which has been funded by the National Institute on Aging and the National Institute for Nursing Research. Dr. Fulmer is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and serves as the chair of the National Advisory Committee for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows program. She has served as the first nurse on the board of the American Geriatrics Society and as the first nurse to serve as president of the Gerontological Society of America. For 15 years, Dr. Fulmer served as the codirector of the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing at NYU, which the foundation began supporting in 1996. She has also held faculty appointments at Boston College, Columbia University, Yale University, and the Harvard Division on Aging. Dr. Fulmer received her bachelor’s degree from Skidmore College, her master’s and doctoral degrees from Boston College, and her geriatric nurse practitioner postmaster’s certificate from NYU. She has received the status of fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, the Gerontological Society of America, and the New York Academy of Medicine.

Table of Contents 

Part I: The context for critical care nursing of older adults
Chapter 1: Introduction and overview
Chapter 2: Standards of Practice for Gerontological and Critical Care Nursing
Chapter 3: The Critical Care Environment
Chapter 4: Patient Safety for Older Patients in the Intensive Care Setting

Part II: Social aspects of critical care nursing of older adults
Chapter 5: Ethical Decision Making
Chapter 6: Continuity of Care
Chapter 7: Family Responses to Critical Care of the Older Adult
Chapter 8: End-of-life care and decisions about life-sustaining treatments
Chapter 9: Becoming Frail
Chapter 10: The Chronically Critically Ill
Chapter 11: Function of Older Adults In Acute Care: Optimizing on an Opportunity

Part III: Foundations for clinical care of critically ill older adults
Chapter 12: Physiology of Aging: Impact on Critical Illness and Treatment
Chapter 13: Pharmacotherapy
Chapter 14: Nutrition and Hydration
Chapter 15: Physical Restraints in Critical Care: Practice Issues and Future Directions
Chapter 16: Infection, Sepsis and Immune Function
Chapter 17: Understanding and Managing Sleep Disorders in Older Adults Patients in the Intensive Care Unit
Chapter 18: Pain in the Critically Ill Older Adult

Part IV: Approaches to complex clinical issues is critically ill older adults
Chapter 19: Pressure Ulcer Prevention and Management
Chapter 20: Wound Healing in the Elderly
Chapter 21: Substance Abuse & Withdrawal
Chapter 22: Urinary Incontinence in Critically Ill Older Adults
Chapter 23: Heart Failure in the Critically Ill Older Patient
Chapter 24: Perioperative Care
Chapter 25: Acute Respiratory Failure and Mechanical Ventilation in the Elderly
Chapter 26: Delirium in Critical Illness