Infection Control in Clinical Practice Updated Edition E-Book

Author: Jennie Wilson

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 070207697X

Category: Medical

Page: 448

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Infection control is a major issue in clinical practice. The revised third edition of this highly successful book provides a comprehensive guide to the principles and practice of infection control and prevention, and the basic elements of microbiology and epidemiology that underpin them. The contents are firmly based in clinical practice and are relevant to both hospital and community settings. The information is research-based and extensively referenced and therefore provides an invaluable resource for evidence-based practice. Presentation is clear, concise and accessible to a wide audience including diploma and degree course students, nurses and allied health professionals working in clinical settings, and infection control specialists. This revised third edition includes completely updated source material and references, along with extensive revision of chapters on prevention of surgical site infection, IV device and urine catheter associated infections to incorporate the most recent evidence. There are updates to many other sections including new microbiological methods, application of protective isolation, Clostridium difficile, gram negative pathogens, VHF and blood-borne viruses, the management of sharps injuries and management of waste, as well as entirely new sections on: • Implementation of infection prevention and control policies • Infection risks of water systems • Protective clothing - use of gloves and masks • Hand hygiene compliance • Prevention of ventilator-associated pneumonia • Management of norovirus outbreaks • Decontamination of isolation rooms • Emerging pathogens including MERS-CoV and Zika • Antimicrobial stewardship

Infection Control in Clinical Practice

Author: Jennie Wilson

Publisher: Bailliere Tindall Limited

ISBN: 9780702025549

Category: Medical

Page: 294

View: 2087

Infection control is now a major issue in clinical practice. The second edition of this highly successful book provides a comprehensive guide to the principles and practice of infection control and prevention, and the basic elements of microbiology and epidemiology that underpin them. This revised edition contains new illustrations to aid understanding, updated references, and new material on emerging pathogens, antimicrobial resistance and clinical governance. The evidence-base for infection control practice has been fully revised to take into account new research and guidance, and many sections such as isolation, routine infection control precautions and the epidemiology of infection have been expanded.

Infection Control for Advanced Practice Professionals

Author: Denise M. Korniewicz, Ph.D, RN, FAAN

Publisher: DEStech Publications, Inc

ISBN: 1605950602

Category: Medical

Page: 264

View: 2961

Presents best practices for infection prevention and control in advanced practice Emphasizes team approach for infection control Case study provided for each chapter This professional reference combines research on the best practices for infection control in clinical settings with essential information for advanced practice nurses and physician assistants. The book is organized by healthcare settings, and the coverage ranges from small practice offices to large hospitals and medical institutions. Each chapter is prefaced by a case study which is then incorporated into the theoretical material of the chapter as a continuing illustration. This format provides a reader-friendly instructional resource for advanced practice certifications and staff development. From the Foreword "At last is published a long-needed text for advanced practice nurses (APNs), providing them with the information essential to the care of essentially every patient they will encounter. Infection Control for Advanced Practice Professionals fills a void in the literature and recognizes the importance of a team approach to the prevention of infections in the variety of care settings in which APNs are practicing. The book is particularly timely and relevant because it appropriately places infection prevention solidly within the larger patient safety movement and affirms that preventing infections is everybody's concern. In acute care settings, for example, infection control has occasionally been relegated to the infection prevention specialist (e.g., infection control nurse or hospital epidemiologist) or the infection control committee. This has shown to be ineffective in any setting. It is those who "touch" the patients and oversee their care who must assume the responsibility for preventing untoward events such as infections. While not all infections are preventable, there is indeed room for improvement. This comprehensive reference is a first and essential step in that direction!" Elaine Larson, PhD, RN, FAAN, CIC Anna C. Maxwell Professor of Nursing Research Associate Dean for Research School of Nursing Professor of Epidemiology Joseph Mailman School of Public Health Columbia University Editor, American Journal of Infection Control TABLE OF CONTENTS Foreword Preface List of Contributors 1. Principles of Infection Control Joan Hebden 1.1. Case Presentation 1.2. Essential Content for Infection Control Skills 1.3. Creating and Sustaining a Culture of Safety 1.4. The Measurement of Performance 1.5. Team-led Performance Initiatives 1.6. Monitoring and Feedback 1.7. Creating an Action Plan for Performance Improvement 1.8. Making a Business Case for HAI Prevention 1.9. Interpretation/Application of Infection Control Data 1.10. Patient Safety and Health System Issues 1.11. Summary Points 1.12. References 2. Safe Infection Control in the Workplace Carol Patton and Denise M. Korniewicz 2.1. Case Presentation 2.2. Essential Content for Safe Infection Control in the Workplace 2.3. Employer Standards for Bloodborne Pathogen Precautions 2.4. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) 2.5. Sharps Injuries 2.6. Designing Programs of Healthcare Worker Safety 2.7. Surveillance and Behavioral-based Performance of Healthcare Workers 2.8. Creating a Culture of Safe Infection Control Practices 2.9. References 3. Patient Safety and the Chain of Infection Joan Hebden 3.1. Case Presentation 3.2. Essential Content for Infection Control Skills 3.3. Interpretation/Application of Infection Control Data 3.4. Patient Safety and Health System: Infection Control Practices 3.5. Summary Points 3.6. References 4. Essentials of Epidemiologic Measures and Data Interpretation Maher M. El-Masri and Davy Tawadrous 4.1. Case Presentation 4.2. Measures of Disease Frequency 4.3. Measures of Disease-exposure Association 4.4. Statistical Probability (P. Value) 4.5. Clinical Versus Statistical Significance 4.6. Summary Points 4.7. References 5. Infection Control in Acute Care Settings Jeanne Hinton Siegel 5.1. Case Presentation 5.2. Essential Content for Infection Control 5.3. Hand Hygiene 5.4. Engineering Controls 5.5. New Monitoring Techniques 5.6. Use of Isolation to Prevent the Spread of Infections 5.7. Review of Healthcare Environments 5.8. Advanced Practice Professionals' Roles in Public Health 5.9. References 6. Infection Control in Critical Care Settings Mary Wyckoff 6.1. Case Presentation 6.2. Essential Content for Infection Control 6.3. Hospital Acquired Infections in Critical 6.4. Attributable Cost of Hospital Acquired Infections 6.5. How to Effectively Process Change 6.6. Conclusion and Summary Points 6.7. References 7. Infection Control in the Emergency Department Settings Michelle Wright 7.1. Case Presentation 7.2. Essential Content for Infection Control Skills 7.3. Precautions 7.4. Unknown Illness 7.5. Biochemical Agents 7.6. Trauma 7.7. Travel 7.8. Equipment Sharing 7.9. Patient Mobility 7.10. Overcrowding 7.11. Empirical Antibiotic Therapy 7.12. Novel Approaches 7.13. Summary Points 7.14. References 8. Infection Control in Primary Care Settings Carol Patton and Denise M. Korniewicz 8.1. Case Presentation 8.2. Essential Content for Infection Control Skills 8.3. Creating the Culture of Infection Control in Primary Care Settings 8.4. Strategies for Best Practices for Infection Control in Primary Care Settings 8.5. Summary Points 8.6. References 9. Infection Control Principles for Long-term Care Environments Judith Seltzer and Denise M. Korniewicz 9.1. Case Presentation 9.2. Essential Content for Infection Control Skills 9.3. General Environmental Issues (Wheelchairs, Hand Rails, Walkers, Cleaning Rooms) 9.4. Regulatory Measures 9.5. Summary Points 9.6. References 10. Infection Control in the Home Jeanette Adams 10.1. Case Presentation 10.2. Essential Content for Infection Control Skills 10.3. Health Care Providers 10.4. Multidrug-Resistant Organisms 10.5. Interpretation/Application of Infection Control Data 10.6. Discussion about Patient Safety and Health System Issues Related to ICP 10.7. Summary Points 10.8. References 11. Infection Control Practice in Mental Health Settings James Weidel 11.1. Case Presentation 11.2. Environment of Care of the Psychiatric/Mental Health Facility 11.3. Limited Access to Supplies 11.4. Linen and Clothing 11.5. Provider-Patient Interaction 11.6. Food Safety 11.7. Patient Handling of Food 11.8. Sanitation and Housekeeping 11.9. Risk Factors Associated with Infection Among Psychiatric Patients 11.10. Isolation 11.11. Transmission Based Precautions 11.12. Restraints and Infection Control 11.13. Conclusion 11.14. Summary Points 11.15. References 12. Infection Control in Ambulatory Surgical Centers Judith Seltzer 12.1. Case Presentation 12.2. Essential Content for Infection Control in Ambulatory Surgical Settings 12.3. Regulatory Influences 12.4. Infection Control Monitoring 12.5. Active Participation 12.6. Long-term Infection Control Principles in Ambulatory Surgical Settings 12.7. Summary Points 12.8. References 13. Infection Control in the Community Jeanette Adams 13.1. Case Presentation 13.2. Essential Content for Infection Control Skills 13.3. Food Borne Infections 13.4. Prevention of Infectious Diseases 13.5. Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA) 13.6. Clostridium Difficile (C-diff.) 13.7. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) 211 13.8. Interpretation/Application of Infection Control Data 13.9. Discussion about Patient Safety and Health System Issues Related To ICP 13.10. Summary Points 13.11. References 14. Infection Control for Emergency Mobile Health Units Michelle Wright 14.1. Case Presentation 14.2. Essential Content for Infection Control Skills 14.3. Vector Borne Illnesses 14.4. Overcrowding 14.5. Personnel Safety 14.6. Medically Trained Volunteers 14.7. Untrained Volunteers 14.8. Interpretation/Application of Infection Control Data 14.9. Patient Safety and Health System Issues 14.10. Summary Points 14.11. References 15. Future Issues in Monitoring for Safe Infection Control Practices Denise M. Korniewicz 15.1. Case Presentation 15.2. Essential Content Infection Control of the Future 15.3. Future Engineering Controls 15.4. Safety Through Knowledge 15.5. Future Patient Participation, Public Awareness and Patient Advocacy 15.6. Summary Points 15.7. References Index

Infection Prevention and Control

Theory and Clinical Practice for Healthcare Professionals

Author: Debbie Weston

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9780470723708

Category: Medical

Page: 348

View: 3835

This book provides the reader with all of the background information necessary to enhance their understanding of the rationale behind the basic principles of infection control and how to apply them in every day situations; how specific bacteria interact with the host and cause infection; the background to each of the bacteria/infections described within the text, and, evidence based recommendations on the infection control management of these.

Infection Prevention and Control at a Glance

Author: Debbie Weston,Alison Burgess,Sue Roberts

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118973550

Category: Medical

Page: 144

View: 4380

Infection Prevention and Control at a Glance is the perfect companion for study and revision for pre-registration nursing and healthcare students, as well as qualified nurses and medical students. Infection prevention and control is one of the key five ‘essential skills clusters’ that is incorporated into all pre-registration nursing programmes. This highly visual and dynamic book is a thorough resource for nurses wanting to consolidate and expand their knowledge of this important part of nursing. Written by experienced infection prevention and control specialist nurses, it provides a concise and simple approach to a vast and complex subject, and equips the reader with key information in relation to various aspects of infection prevention and control practice. Provides a snap-shot of the application of infection prevention and control in practice and the key infections affecting patients in both acute and primary care A uniquely visual and accessible overview of a topic of relevance to all nursing staff Includes key points for clinical practice, patient management, and signposting of key national guidance documents and websites Available in a wide-range of digital formats - perfect for 'on the go' study and revision

Infection Control

A Psychosocial Approach to Changing Practice

Author: Paul Elliott

Publisher: Radcliffe Publishing

ISBN: 1857756126

Category: Medical

Page: 264

View: 8124

Aimed at health and social care professionals at all levels, including practitioners, supervisors and managers, this book helps health workers translate knowledge of safe practice in hygiene and infection control into consistent practice.

Best Practices in Infection Prevention and Control

An International Perspective

Author: Barbara M. Soule,Ziad A. Memish,Preeti N. Malani

Publisher: Joint Commission Resources

ISBN: 1599406195

Category: Medical

Page: 183

View: 8779

Best Practices in Infection Prevention and Control: An International Perspective, Second Edition, a copublication of Joint Commission International and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), is an essential infection prevention and control (IPC) resource for health care organizations. This fully updated edition provides thorough analysis of JCI's and other IPC requirements, as well as case studies, tips, and tools for increasing IPC compliance and patient safety.

Basic Guide to Infection Prevention and Control in Dentistry

Author: Caroline Pankhurst,Wilson Coulter

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1405176628

Category: Medical

Page: 186

View: 1024

This title offers practical information for all members of the dental team on the prevention and control of infection; with clear explanations of the key issues and concepts, an orientation of the evidence base and legal framework as well as step-by-step guidance on the safe running of a dental practice.

Practices in Children's Nursing E-Book

Author: Ethel Trigg,Toby Mohammed,Louise Ford,Hermione Montgomery,Vicky Vidler

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 0702044458

Category: Medical

Page: 520

View: 3727

The skills required by children’s nurses are many and varied, and are undertaken in a variety of settings. This book provides a clinical manual of common practices. Each practice is research-based and presented in a common format which covers: Objectives, Rationale, Factors to note, Guidelines, Positioning, Equipment, Method, Special observations and possible complications, and References and further reading. The guidelines have been written specifically for children’s nursing by contributors from well-known children’s units. They are not simply adaptations from adult practices and therefore recognise the unique differences between adult and children’s nursing. The introductory section covers common concepts and infection control. There are also appendices on the use of play as a distraction, and on complementary therapies. The common format of each practice makes the book easy to use and refer to in a clinical setting. Each practice is based on the latest research to ensure it is evidence-based and up to date Introductory chapters cover issues common to all practices to make the book easier to use. The appendix on play reinforces its common usage as a distraction technique A chapter on complementary therapies explains these as they are becoming more widespread All practices have been reviewed by regional centres to avoid parochialism Content reorganised to reflect the Essential Skills Clusters from the NMC New chapter on communicating with children All chapters updated to reflect the current evidence base

Fundamental Aspects of Infection Prevention and Control

Author: Vinice Thomas

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 1856424456

Category: Medical

Page: 245

View: 8865

This practical, handy text aims to provide essential information on the fundamentals of infection control and its management in a health care setting. This important subject area means that this text should be essential reading for all students, nurses and health care practitioners to ensure they understand the general principles of infection control and best practice guidelines for clinical care of patients. Content is designed to be clear, concise and highly practical. Case studies will be included to aid understanding. Each chapter includes a summary or bullet of key points. This book also outlines the role of the medical consultant, consultant nurse / specialist infection control nurse, hospital matron, ward link nurse, ward sister, staff nurse, trust management etcetera to give a strategic overview of the management and organisation needed in terms of roles, responsibilities etc in relation to infection control.

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Alexander's Nursing Practice

Author: Chris Brooker,Maggie Nicol,Margaret F. Alexander

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 0702054658

Category: Medical

Page: 996

View: 2415

The most comprehensive UK Adult Nursing core text, now in its fourth edition, for the next generation of nurses. This best-selling textbook has been fully revised by a team of experienced nurses for nurses focusing on the issues that are important to them. It provides a comprehensive source of the knowledge and skills required for competent, evidence-based nursing practice. High quality nursing care is patient-centred, knowledgeable and based on the best available evidence. This book will help you to achieve that. Printed book plus PageburstT access - you will receive a printed book and access to the complete book content electronically. PageburstT enhances learning by not only bringing world class content to your fingertips but also letting you add to it, annotate it, and categorize it all in a way that suits you. PageburstT frees you to spend more time learning and less time searching.

Fundamentals of Infection Prevention and Control

Theory and Practice

Author: Debbie Weston

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118307704

Category: Medical

Page: 400

View: 1751

Reviews of first edition: “This book tells every healthcare professional all theyneed to know about infection control… A user-friendly,valuable source of knowledge on a subject that can be confusing andcomplicated.” Nursing Standard “A valuable contribution within any health or socialenvironment." Journal of Community Nursing Infection prevention and control is an essential component ofnursing care, and a crucially important subject area for bothnursing students and qualified nurses. Fundamentals of InfectionPrevention and Control gives readers a firm grasp of theprinciples of infection control, how they relate to clinicalpractice and the key issues surrounding the subject. It provides acomprehensive guide to the prevention, management and control ofhealthcare associated infections, and the basic elements ofmicrobiology, immunology and epidemiology that underpin them. Thoroughly revised in line with current policy, this new editioncontains brand-new chapters on a range of topics including the roleof the Infection Prevention and Control Team, audit andsurveillance, and the management of outbreaks. Alsoincorporating a range of case studies and examples as well asadditional online content, it is essential reading for all nursingstudents as well as qualified nursing and healthcareprofessionals. Explores both principles and practice of a crucial subjectarea Accessible and user-friendly, with a range of features to helpstudy including key definitions, links back to clinical practice,and chapter learning outcomes and summaries Accompanied by an online resource centre featuring MCQs,weblinks, case scenarios and downloadable fact sheets Features an increased clinical focus, with more application topractice This title is also available: as a Wiley E-Text, powered by VitalSource: an interactivedigital version of the book featuring downloadable text and images,highlighting and note-taking facilities, book-marking,cross-referencing, in-text searching, and linking to references andglossary terms instantly on CourseSmart at ahref="http://www.coursesmart.co.uk/9781118306659"www.coursesmart.co.uk/9781118306659/a.CourseSmart offers extra functionality, as well as an immediate way to review the text. Formore details, visit ahref="http://www.coursesmart.com/instructors"www.coursesmart.com/instructors/a orahref="http://www.coursesmart.com/students"www.coursesmart.com/students/a

Alexander's Nursing Practice E-Book

Hospital and Home - The Adult

Author: Chris Brooker,Maggie Nicol,Margaret F. Alexander

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 070204640X

Category: Medical

Page: 984

View: 9667

The most comprehensive UK Adult Nursing core text, now in its fourth edition, for the next generation of nurses... This best-selling textbook has been fully revised by a team of experienced nurses for nurses focusing on the issues that are important to them. It provides a comprehensive source of the knowledge and skills required for competent, evidence-based nursing practice. High quality nursing care is patient-centred, knowledgeable and based on the best available evidence. This book will help you to achieve that. Key nursing issues summarise each chapter and enable you to check your understanding Interactive Reflection and Evidence-based practice boxes help make links between theory and practice A Reflection and Learning feature in each chapter to help you consider your learning and professional development and how you can use it to enhance patient/client care Now in full colour A customisable electronic version of the book, which makes searching for information easy and accessible An exciting companion website including: Self-test quiz questions with full explanations with the answers Critical-thinking questions with outline answers Full colour photographs, diagrams, tables and care plans Hyper-linked references All the images from the book Increased prominence of nursing and health promotion

Nursing Knowledge and Practice E-Book

Author: Maggie Mallik,Carol Hall,David Howard

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 0702037524

Category: Medical

Page: 504

View: 4892

Nursing knowledge and practice is a comprehensive textbook which forms an ideal basis for foundation nursing students. The core emphasis in the organisation and presentation of knowledge in this third edition remains focused on the in-depth knowledge required by nurses to deliver care in the practice setting. The chapter contents encompass knowledge that applies to all branches of nursing e.g. Communication, Confusion, Aggression and Rehabilitation Safety and Risk, Infection Control, Medicines etc. The structure of all chapters is unique in integrating knowledge from subject areas often taught separately in the nursing curriculum. This enables the foundation student to integrate this range of knowledge in making decisions about the delivery of nursing care to patients/clients in all fields of nursing. Exercises are included to encourage reflection on practice and develop critical thinking skills. It also promotes the expansion of professional knowledge through the development of portfolio evidence. Building on the outstanding success of previous editions the authors have drawn extensively on current best evidence, including research, policy and substantial internet based resources, reflecting UK and international perspectives. • Each chapter begins with an overview of the content and concludes with a summary to help evaluate learning • Case studies reflect the diverse range of client needs and care settings of the four nursing branches and help relate theory to practice • Reflective exercises and suggestions for portfolio evidence, along with decision-making activities, promote reflection on personal experience and links to nursing practice using a problem-based approach • Current research is highlighted throughout, demonstrating the evidence-base for practice decisions. • Key web sites, annotated further reading and references encourage readers to pursue contemporary evidence that underpins competency-based practice. Full colour throughout Content fully updated in line with developments in clinical practice, teaching requirements and the evidence-base Free electronic ancillaries on Evolve enhance the knowledge provided in each chapter with additional information, exercises and resources An introductory chapter on ‘Nursing Knowledge and Practice’ explores the role and context of nursing, nationally and internationally, providing foundation information on core knowledge areas common to all nursing curricula.

A Guide to Infection Control in the Hospital

Author: Richard Putnam Wenzel,Timothy F. Brewer,Jean-Paul Butzler

Publisher: PMPH-USA

ISBN: 9781550092301

Category: Medical

Page: 184

View: 6855

Infections, especially those occuring postoperatively, remain a major problem in hospitals. This international team of infection control experts has developed a handy pocket-sized manual that provides updates guidelines and protocols for preventing infections, and managing them if they occur. The information covers all types of infection and is presented in a rapid-access format. All members of infection control teams will benefit from the material presented.

Infection Prevention in Surgical Settings

Author: Barbara J. Gruendemann,Sandra Stonehocker Mangum

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 9780721690353

Category: Medical

Page: 387

View: 2954

This handbook discusses infection control guidelines that directly relate to surgical environments. Procedure guidelines are concisely described and followed by rationales referenced to AORN standards, CDC guidelines, and other resources. (Midwest).

Qualitative Research in Health Care

Author: Christopher Bassett

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470033851

Category: Medical

Page: 210

View: 515

This is a comprehensive book with theoretical and practical input for health care researchers exploring the humanistic and individual aspects of health and illness. It covers the main qualitative research methods and provides clear, concise and well-evidenced clinical information for researchers from all disciplines.

Prevention in Clinical Practice

Author: D.H. Becker,L.B. Gardner

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1468453564

Category: Medical

Page: 468

View: 2243

Prevention of disease and injury, including early identification of risks and disease and optimal control of potentially debilitating or fatal complications of chronic conditions, is the area of clinical medicine that holds the greatest promise for improving human health. Each year a long list of major, but potentially preventable health problems exacts a terrible human and financial toll. These problems urgently need our attention, especially as major advances in curative medicine become more complex and costly. Prevention of disease and injury may well be the central health issue of our time, an issue of vital concern to every quarter of our society. Now is a very good time to promote prevention. Citizens and some social groups are increasingly aware of and interested in health and fitness issues. There is great enthusiasm about-even obsession with-health, and we are seeing an astonishing proliferation of health publications and media presentations for laymen, fitness and weight control cen ters, exercise programs, health food stores, disease support groups, health education programs, and do-it-yourself diagnostic kits. All of this betokens an increased health consciousness on the part of public and perhaps signals greater individual accountability for health.

Veterinary Infection Prevention and Control

Author: Linda Caveney,Barbara Jones,Kimberly Ellis

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 0470961457

Category: Medical

Page: 298

View: 5545

Veterinary Infection Prevention and Control is a practical guide to infection surveillance and control in the veterinary setting. Outlining the steps for designing and implementing an infection control plan, the book offers information on both nosocomial infections and zoonotic diseases to aid the veterinary team in ensuring that veterinary practices and hospitals are safe for both the animal patients and their human caregivers. Veterinary Infection Prevention and Control provides guidelines to creating standard operating procedures for effective and efficient infection control in any veterinary practice. With background information on pathogens, bacteria, and disease transmission, the book focuses on specific infection prevention strategies, including disinfection, sterilization, and isolation. A companion website provides review questions and the figures from the book in PowerPoint. Veterinary Infection Prevention and Control gives practicing veterinarians, technicians, and practice managers in both small and large animal facilities the tools they need to successfully develop an infection-control program.

Essential Nursing Skills E-Book

Author: Maggie Nicol,Carol Bavin,Patricia Cronin,Karen Rawlings-Anderson,Elaine Cole,Janet Hunter

Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences

ISBN: 0723437777

Category: Medical

Page: 432

View: 4063

As a nursing student you will have learnt lots of nursing theory and research – but how do you translate this into practice and apply it to the skills you need? Where do you start? What steps should be carried out and in what order? What should you do afterwards? Essential Nursing Skills answers these questions for over 130 clinical skills. Each one is explained from start to finish, using a step-by-step approach, with clear illustrations and colour photographs to enhance understanding. Small enough to carry with you and specifically designed and written to aid learning, this book is invaluable for nurses across all fields. • Attractive design – easy to use • Skills explained step by step • Comprehensive list of skills covers all that students will encounter in practice • Points for Practice sections encourage readers to reflect and learn • Further reading and references point to the evidence and knowledge base for each skill. Full-colour photographs illustrate many of the procedures Full colour is used throughout to help navigate procedures Section listing normal values of commonly used blood tests Skills to assess deteriorating patients and care for patients undergoing surgery Reflects changes in nursing and professional national guidelines.