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Cardiac surgery essentials for critical care nursing.


Cardiac surgery essentials for critical care nursing.

Ed. by Sonya Hardin and Roberta Kaplow.

Jones & Bartlett


462 pages




This guide covers basic knowledge and advanced skills for care of the patient in the period immediately after cardiac surgery, for new and experienced nurses caring for cardiac surgery patients and for those studying for the AACN's Cardiac Surgery Certification. Opening chapters cover clinical judgment in critical care, cardiovascular anatomy and physiology, indications for cardiac surgery, and preoperative cardiac surgery nursing evaluation. Subsequent chapters are devoted to specific operations and conditions. There is also material on pharmacological support, postoperative complications and nursing interventions, pain management, neurologic complications, fluid and electrolyte imbalances, wound care, and cardiac transplantation. Learning features include b&w anatomical illustrations, case studies, critical thinking questions, multiple-choice quizzes, research boxes, summary boxes of key concepts, web resources, and a glossary. Hardin teaches in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. Kaplow is a clinical nurse specialist at Emory University Hospital.

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