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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Nursing the Acutely Ill Adult

Edition 2nd Edition
ISBN 9781137465511
Publication Date June 2016
Formats Paperback 
Publisher Palgrave

Nurses in all areas of clinical practice must be able to recognise, assess and manage changes to a patient's condition. Recent years have seen a number of investigations reporting serious concerns about the standard of care being received in hospital settings and, as a consequence, the knowledge and skills of nurses in acute patient care has come under ever-increasing scrutiny.

With a strong focus on pathophysiology, this comprehensive new edition of Nursing the Acutely Ill Adult retains the case study approach that made the first edition so popular with students and educators alike. Offering further reading resources and definitions of key terms to aid learning, and including two brand-new chapters, this second edition will develop nurses' key skills in:

• Identifying and explaining the pathophysiology of sepsis, as well as the importance of monitoring for indicators of patient deterioration in sepsis
• Recognising and managing hypovolaemic shock
• Assessment and management of cardiovascular, neurological and traumatic injury
• Understanding priorities in initial stroke assessment and management, including nursing care following administration of a thrombolytic drug
• Possible interventions for problems related to diabetes, chronic respiratory disease and renal disease

Written by contributors from a range of clinical and academic backgrounds, this second edition of Nursing the Acutely Ill Adult is essential reading for all students within the adult branch of nursing.

David Clarke PhD RN is a Lecturer and researcher in Stroke Care in the Institute of Health Sciences and lead for the Post Graduate Certificate in Stroke Care at the University of Leeds. David's research is focused on interdisciplinary working in inpatient stroke care with his current research funded by the National Institute of Health Research Health Services and Delivery Research and Research for Patient Benefit programmes.

Alison Malecki-Ketchell MSc RN is Nurse Lecturer and Teaching Lead in the School of Healthcare at the University of Leeds, UK. Alison has been a lecturer since the mid 1990s and both her subject expertise and research interests are in acute and cardiac care. Alison's clinical background was as senior sister in cardiology and coronary care, and she has maintained close links with clinical practice throughout her teaching career. Alison is currently working toward a PhD at the University of Leeds.

Introduction: The Importance Of Nursing Assessment In Acute Care; David Clarke
1. Principles Of Assessment-Application To Practice; Julie Jackson
2. Shock Presentation; Ian Goulden
3. Understanding Sepsis; Peter O'Donnell And Catherine Waskett
4. Traumatic Brain Injury; Ian Goulden And David Clarke
5. Acute Stroke; David Clarke And Pamela Beaumont
6. Acute Coronary Syndrome; Alison Malecki-Ketchell
7. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; Liz Cleave
8. Acute Kidney Injury; Mark Bevan
9. Small Bowel Obstruction; Beverley Gallacher
10. Diabetic Ketoacidosis; Paula Mayo And David Clarke
11. Care And Management In Liver Disorder Following Drug Misuse; Michelle Clayton
12. Musculoskeletal Trauma; Julia Maz


This book will be extremely useful for undergraduate nursing students of all years, as well as practising clinicians. I will recommend it to my own students. – Kate Harrison, Head of Placement and Student Support, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, UK
I have found the first edition of this text invaluable for my teaching around critical and perioperative care. The new chapters in this second edition, and the additions to current chapters, enhance the text significantly and make for even wider reader appeal. – Paul Rawling, Senior Lecturer in Operating Department Practice, Edge Hill University, UK
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