AACN Essentials of Progressive Care Nursing (3rd Edition) by Suzanne Burns

By Suzanne Burns

Concise but thorough suggestions on tips on how to properly and safely take care of grownup innovative care sufferers and their households

Endorsed by way of the yank organization of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and written by means of best scientific specialists in acute and revolutionary care nursing, this textbook covers the entire must-know info at the care of grownup innovative care sufferers and their households. Supported by way of invaluable tables and algorithms, the book's functional, building-block association starts off with the fundamentals prior to continuing to extra complicated innovations.

The AACN necessities of revolutionary Care Nursing comprises crucial details to effectively arrange for PCCN certification in innovative care and masses extra! The AACN necessities of revolutionary Care Nursing is split into 4 sections:

THE ESSENTIALS — offers info that clinicians needs to comprehend to supply secure, powerfuble nursing care to nearly all of revolutionary care sufferers, despite their underlying scientific diagnoses

PATHOLOGICAL CONDITIONS — covers pathologic stipulations and administration innovations ordinarily encountered between grownup, revolutionary care sufferers

ADVANCED thoughts IN taking good care of THE revolutionary CARE PATIENT — offers complex revolutionary care innovations or pathologic stipulations which are much less universal or extra really expert than anticipated in grownup revolutionary care

KEY REFERENCE INFORMATION — good points general laboratory and diagnostic values; pharmacology tables; algorithms for complicated cardiac lifestyles help; and precis tables of cardiac rhythms, ECG features, and therapy guides

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The dominant arm is usually stronger. Have him attempt normal ROM movements against your resistance. Note the strength that the patient exerts. If the muscle group is weak, lessen your resistance to permit an accurate assessment. If necessary, position the patient so that his limb doesn’t have to resist gravity, and repeat the test. To minimize subjective interpretations of the test findings, rate muscle strength on a scale of 0 to 5, as follows: 0 = No visible or palpable contraction felt; paralysis 1 = Slight palpable contraction felt 2 = Passive ROM maneuvers when gravity is removed 3 = Active ROM against gravity 4 = Active ROM against gravity and light resistance 5 = Active ROM against full resistance; normal strength Deltoid With your patient’s arm fully extended, place one hand over his deltoid muscle and the other hand on his wrist.

Percussing the urinary organs Percuss the kidneys to elicit pain or tenderness, and percuss the bladder to elicit percussion sounds. Before you start, tell the patient what you’re going to do. Otherwise, he may be startled and you could mistake his reaction for a feeling of acute tenderness. qxd 11/15/09 9:13 AM Page 41 Assessing the urinary system Kidney percussion With the patient sitting upright, percuss each costovertebral angle (the angle over each kidney whose borders are formed by the lateral and downward curve of the lowest rib and the spinal column).

Finally, examine the rectal area for redness, irritation, or hemorrhoids. Alert If the patient is pregnant, vary the position used for assessment depending on the stage of pregnancy. For example, if the patient is in her final weeks, avoid the supine position because it may impair respiratory excursion and blood flow. To enhance comfort, have the patient lie on her side or assume semi-Fowler’s position. Also, during the assessment, remember the normal variations associated with pregnancy: increased pigmentation of the abdominal midline, purplish striae, and upward displacement of the abdominal organs and umbilicus.

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