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Rapid Access Guide for Triage and Emergency Nurses

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Rapid Access Guide for Triage and Emergency Nurses

SKU# 9780826196279

Chief Complaints with High Risk Presentations

Author: Lynn Sayre Visser MSN, BS, RN, CEN, CPEN, CLNC, Anna Sivo Montejano DNP, MSNEd, RN, CEN

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From the award-winning authors of Fast Facts for the Triage Nurse!

The vital information you need to quickly identify acutely ill or injured patients.

Rapid Access Guide for Triage and Emergency Nurses: Chief Complaints With High-Risk Presentations is the first pocket-sized clinical manual focusing on patient-driven chief complaints. Designed to assist in rapidly recognizing potential life-threatening or life-altering conditions, this guide can be used in a variety of healthcare settings.

Content covers each body system and its most common chief complaints along with first-line questions, assessments, and interventions to prompt the user. Red flag findings, easily identified by the flag icon, denote critical signs and symptoms, while a light bulb icon helps the user locate key tips.

The guide includes evidence-based practice guidelines, reference tables, and checklists for at-a-glance retrieval of information. Most chapters contain space for taking notes, inscribing important phone numbers, or pasting facility specific policies and procedures.

Key Features:

  • Common chief complaints with essential tips
  • Unique patient presentations
  • Triage processes, clinical red flags, screening tools
  • Pediatric and older adult considerations
  • Disaster response
  • Active shooter or violent situation action steps

Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 30, 2018
  • Page Count 397
  • Product Form Spiral bound
  • ISBN 13 9780826196279
  • EISBN 9780826196378

Table of Contents 


Contributors and Reviewers




1. Triage Down and Dirty

2. The Secrets to Using This Guide

3. Screening Tools and Checklists

4. Pediatric Considerations

5. Older Adult Considerations

6. Waiting Room Issues

7. Legal Issues

Introduction to High-Risk Presentations

8. Respiratory Emergencies

9. Cardiac Emergencies

10. Neurologic Emergencies

11. Abdominal Emergencies

12. Obstetric Emergencies

13. Gynecologic Emergencies

14. Male Reproductive Emergencies

15. Behavioral Health Emergencies

16. Toxicology Emergencies

17. Eye Emergencies

18. Ear, Nose, and Throat Emergencies

19. Musculoskeletal Emergencies

20. Bite and Sting Emergencies

21. Infectious Disease Emergencies

22. Trauma Emergencies

23. Burn Emergencies

24. Unique Situation Emergencies

25. Active Shooter and/or Active Violence

26. Emergency Management During a Disaster


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Editorial Review(s) 

"Rapid Access Guide for Triage and Emergency Nurses focuses on patients that require immediate intervention. This book is indeed a "book of brains" and a "collection of wisdom" all rolled up in a compact size book! Concise triage information is easy to read and zooms in on the most important points. It is a must for every nurse that is met with emergencies."

-- Laura Gasparis Vonfrolio, RN, PdD

""...Every nurse should have access to this wonderfully easy to use guide. It encompasses all situations in a clear and straightforward manner.""

-- Echo Heron

"As a seasoned nurse with experience in the triage arena, I can unequivocally say that the Rapid Access Guide for Triage and Emergency Nurses is well-written, beautifully designed, comprehensive, convenient to use, and fully evidence-based. Triage sits at the gateway to urgent and emergent care, and this guide can alleviate the bottlenecks, confusions, and missteps that weaken the triage process, endanger patients, and otherwise throw a wrench in what should be a well-oiled assessment machine. The arrangement by body systems increases the guide’s usefulness in chaotic situations, and the red flag warnings are highlights that any triage nurse would be prudent to make note of and memorize. From comprehensive behavioral health assessment to life-threatening cardiac or respiratory emergencies, the Rapid Access Guide for Triage and Emergency Nurses offers the evidence-based information for triage and emergency nurses who want to be at the top of their game."

-- Keith Carlson, BSN, RN, NC-BC