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Critical Care Nursing Made Incredibly Easy!


4th Edition

Editor(s): David W. Woodruff, MSN, RN-BC, CNS, CNE, FNAP

Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

ISBN 10: 1496306937

ISBN 13: 9781496306937

Description At A Glance

Confidently handle the complexities of critical care nursing, with the fully updated Critical Care Nursing Made Incredibly Easy, 4th edition.

Critical Care Nursing Made Incredibly Easy, 4th editionpart of the award-winning Incredibly Easy series, this fun-to-read text is full of fun humor and illustrations, offering plenty of down-to-earth, expert advice and direction on crucial areas such as assessments, diagnostics, imaging, monitoring, pre- and post-operative care, and more. This comprehensive reference is a must-have for class use and NCLEX or certification exam preparation—and an invaluable on-the-spot clinical guide.

Learn the basics of critical care nursing or refresh your skills with brand new content on:
  • moderate sedation, drug overdose interventions, and pressure ulcer management
  • specialized areas such as rapid response teams and advanced life support methods
  • caring for elderly, pediatric, and bariatric patients

Critical Care Nurisng Made Incredibly Easy will help you master the basics with easy-to-follow guidance on . . .
  • Up-to-date science and step-by-step directions on nursing procedures for basic, holistic, and system-based critical care, including pain assessment and management, drug administration, dealing with cardiac arrest, assessing brain death, equipment preparation and use, diagnostic testing, ongoing monitoring and evaluations, data collection, nonsurgical treatments, and much more
  • Flow charts and diagrams lead you through determining symptoms, conditions, causes, tests, treatment, emergency situations, and more
  • Practice pointers provide practical tips for areas such as dealing with patient and family issues, cultural considerations, ethical issues, end-of-life decisions, and more
  • Numerous illustrations and words of wisdom from “Nurse Joy” throughout each chapter
  • Illustrated quick guides to moderate sedation, CPR, emergency cardiac care, treating shock, preventing complications in the critically obese patient, and interventions for drug overdoses and poisoning

Includes special features to help accelerate learning comprehension:
  • Just the facts – An outline of content at start of every chapter
  • Advice from the experts – Practical tips from experienced practitioners
  • Take charge! – What to do in potentially lethal situations
  • Handle with care – Procedures for elderly, pediatric, and bariatric patients
  • Ages and stages – Issues where the patient’s age impacts critical care o Write it down – Tips on critical care documentation
  • Quick Quiz – NCLEX-style questions (and answers) after every chapter o Memory joggers – Simple tricks for remembering complex concepts

Your Voice

By John Nguyen
Skyscape's 5-Minute Clinical Consult for the PDA (5MCC) is the latest incarnation of the popular PDA-based medical reference. Based on the textbook of the same name, this reference covers a broad spectrum of common clinical topics, and a number of obscure ones as well. The portability advantage of the PDA version over the textbook version is obvious, but the other major advantage of Skyscape's PDA version is that it has an effective user interface (UI) that makes searching, navigating, and retrieving of clinical content simple and fast. I discuss some of the major aspects of the UI in the following sections.

Indexing of Topics
All topics in 5MCC are organized under each of four separate indexing systems: 1) a table of contents, which is organized by organ systems and is analagous to the table of contents of a textbook.
2) an ICD-9-CM index, 3) a medication index
4) the main index, which is analagous to the index of a textbook. The main index is used as the default, although the user is free to choose whichever indexing system is most appropriate for his particular search. Within each indexing system is a text field for entering search terms. The searching mechanism is based on a simple exact match, but returns results quickly. You enter the topic, and the content, if covered, pops up quickly. No thumbing through the pages of a thick reference.

Organization of Individual Topics
Each topic itself is subdivided into standard sections (basics, diagnosis, treatment, medications, followup, and miscellaneous) which makes it even easier to hone in on the specific information of interest. Each section is accessible using a standard interface metaphor that is easy to learn and efficient to use.

Cross-Linking of Topics
For users who, like me, own multiple Skyscape titles, Skyscape offers cross-linking of topics between different titles. So if the user is browing the topic of diabetes in 5MCC, he can automatically pop into the topic of diabetes in the Washington Manual of Therapeutics, if he has this reference on his PDA.

Overall, 5MCC is one of the easiests PDA references to use, with a gracefully designed user interface. The topic coverage is also fairly complete for a portable reference, and it should be useful to medical students, residents, and even more advanced practitioners in general internal medicine or family medicine. 5MCC does not replace a full reference textbook, but its goals are portability and ease of information access. Of course, the best way to get a feel for the application is not to read a review, but rather to try it out for yourself. The application can be downloaded for free from the Skyscape website. Much of the content will be locked, so you will not be able to get a complete feel for the depth of the content, but you will be able to get a feel for the user interface. For students, residents, and practitioners who own Palm or Pocket-PC PDAs, this application merits at least a trial download.

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