While high dependency care may be delivered in designated high dependency units, it also occurs in many other clinical environments. The book provides invaluable information for nurses working in all acute hospital wards and departments including recovery units, high dependency units, acute surgical or medical wards, and accident and emergency units. It is also a useful resource for nurses undertaking specialist post-registration programmes (particularly in critical care), in-house courses, and also those who are new to high dependency nursing.
Some chapters are devoted to specific clinical areas such as cardiac care and respiratory care, with others covering broader clinical issues such as pain management and post-operative care. The underpinning anatomy, physiology and pharmacology are included in relevant chapters. In all these areas there is a strong emphasis on clinical application. Chapters on non-clinical, yet vital, components of high dependency nursing are also included to address aspects such as the development, management, interpersonal and social issues associated with high dependency care.
The second edition of this highly successful textbook has been thoroughly updated throughout in line with the latest research, clinical and policy developments. Principles and Practice of High Dependency Nursing is an invaluable resource for nurses and managers working in acute care settings and sets the standard for modern high dependency nursing practice.
Focuses specifically on high dependency care making the book much more relevant for non-ITU nurses
Includes the underpinning A & P and pharmacology to obviate the need for further purchase
Covers management and professional aspects as well as psycho-social issues making the book comprehensive providing all they need to know
Provides Learning Objectives in each chapter facilitate study and revision
Offers numerous illustrations help to clarify and amplify the text
Fully updated in line with recent developments in policy and practice e.g. the government report Comprehensive Critical Care (DoH 2000) and NSFs
Improved layout via use of boxes and tables to make it easier to find relevant information
New chapter on The development, growth and context of high dependency care.
All chapters updated in terms of references and evidence-based practice