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This book is a quick reference focusing on the practical application of emergency and critical care skills, including step-by-step guides with detailed photographs to assist the reader. Many common techniques are described in detail, along with the required hands-on nursing care and after-care. Practical Emergency and Critical Care Nursing appeals to a wide skills and knowledge base; from NVQ Level 2 & 3, through to degree and diploma nurses, and nurses working towards further qualifications. As well as all the basic practical techniques, the book also includes specialist skill areas such as acid base balance and fluid therapy.
Paul Aldridge BVSc Cert SAS MRCVS Paul is senior surgeon at Petmedics in Manchester; a hospital based practice that hosts the largest out of hours emergency service in the UK, dividing his time between emergency cases and surgical referrals. He is keenly involved in the provision of CPD on emergency medicine and surgery to both veterinary surgeons and nurses. His clinical interests include all aspect of emergency surgery, but particularly the management of multiple trauma patients.
Louise O’Dwyer MBA BSc (Hons) VTS (ECC) Dip AVN (Medical) Dip AVN (Surgical) RVN Louise gained her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Surgical) in 2004 followed by her Diploma in Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Medical) in 2007 and Veterinary Technician Specialist (Emergency and Critical Care) in 2011. She has contributed to over 20 journal articles and books and lectures regularly on all aspects of emergency and critical care. She worked as Head Nurse for PetMedics in Manchester the largest emergency clinic in the UK for the past 10 years, and is now Clinical Director. Louise’s interests include all aspects of emergency care but particularly trauma and respiratory patients, as well as infection control and wound management.
Table of Contents
1 Triage and Assessment of the Emergency Patient
2 Monitoring the Critical Patient
3 Vascular Access
4 ‘Shock’ and Intravenous Fluid Therapy
5 Blood Gas, Acid–Base Analysis and Electrolyte Abnormalities
6 Analgesia and Anaesthesia of the Emergency and Critical Patient
7 Practical Laboratory Techniques
8 Techniques for Oxygen Supplementation
9 Nursing the Dyspnoeic Patient
10 Nursing the Cardiac Patient
11 Nursing the Acute Abdomen Patient
12 Nursing Urinary Tract Emergencies
13 Nursing the Poisoned Patient
14 Nursing the Trauma Patient
15 Nursing the Reproductive Patient
16 Small Animal Critical Care and Hospitalised Patient Nutrition