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Fast Facts for the Critical Care Nurse

SKU# 9780826107282

Critical Care Nursing in a Nutshell

Author: Michele Angell Landrum ADN, RN, CCRN


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This pocket-sized reference for new and seasoned intensive care unit (ICU) nurses contains critical knowledge presented in the clear, precise, "Fact Facts" format. It provides quick access to a broad array of guidelines, procedures, and equipment used by ICU nurses daily as well as on a less frequent basis.

The book covers assessment and procedural skills, medications, intravenous (IV) therapy, nutrition, wound care, sterile field setup, and patient preparation. It facilitates equipment mastery for respiratory and cardiac care along with troubleshooting tips for monitoring and mechanical devices. Also included is information on specific types of critical care units, such as cardiac, surgical, neuro, and the burn unit. Documentation, advance directives, organ donations, palliative and end-of-life care are also discussed.

The resource addresses the requirements of The Joint Commission and recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, such as isolation precautions and use of personal protective equipment. Other important information is provided such as normal hemodynamic measurements, basic electrocardiographic (EKG) rhythms, 12-lead EKG electrode placement, and a "Do Not Use" abbreviation list in the appendix that will help prevent medication errors.

Key Features:
  • Provides quick access to information needed on a daily basis
  • Covers equipment, medications, procedures, and specialty care
  • Includes reliable data for basic EKG rhythms, IV therapy, expected treatments and patient care, abbreviation list, and troubleshooting tips
  • Targeted to new ICU nurses, and experienced critical care nurses alike
  • Helps nurses quickly access information with the "Fast Facts in a Nutshell" feature

Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 27, 2011
  • Page Count 286
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826107282
  • EISBN 9780826107299

About The Author(s) 

Michele Landrum, RN, is an Associate Degree Registered Nurse with six years of travel nursing experience across the US, including Alaska. Her experience has focused predominantly in cardiac-related positions, including Cardiac Cath and EP labs, ER, ICU and SICU environments. Since 2005, Michele has worked in a multi-physician cardiology clinic in Mobile, Alabama, conducting physical assessments, CT scans, EKGs, GXT testing, and Patient Education. She also conducts assessments of applicant for the LTC insurance company, Life Plans Inc. of Waltham, MA. Michele is certified in BLS, ACLS, and IABP insertion.

Table of Contents 



Part I: Foundations of Critical Care

1. Critical Care Nursing Overview

2. The Importance of Documentation

3. Advance Directives and Organ Donation

4. Withdrawal of Treatment and Palliative Care

Part II: Critical Care Basics

5. Basic Patient Care in the Critical Care Setting

6. Patient Nutrition

7. The Sterile Field, Pre-procedural Patient Preparation, and Conscious Sedation

8. Isolation Precautions and Personal Protective Equipment

9. Everything IV

Part III: Critical Care Equipment Competencies

10. The Respiratory Station

11. Arterial Blood Gases, Arterial Lines, and Pulmonary Artery Catheters

12. Discussing Dialysis and Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy

13. Cardiac Specialty Equipment

Part IV: The Specialty Critical Care Unit

14. Surgical and Orthopedic Recovery Guidelines

15. The Neuro ICU

16. General Cardiac Care and Post-Coronary-Artery-Bypass-Graft Patients

17. Transplant Patients

18. Burn Unit Basics

Appendix A: "Do Not Use" List for Abbreviations, Acronyms, and Symbols
Appendix B: Basic EKG Rhythm Examples
Appendix C: 12 Lead EKG Electrode Placement
Appendix D: Normal Hemodynamic Values and Vital Signs
Appendix E: List of Abbreviations