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Rapid Assessment of the Acutely Ill Patient

Sheila Adam, Mandy Odell, Jo Welch · ISBN 9781405169936
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Publisher John Wiley & Sons (UK)
Author(s) Sheila Adam / Mandy Odell / Jo Welch
Edition 1
Published 18th December 2009
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Rapid Assessment of the Acutely Ill Patient sets out the
principles and practices needed for early recognition and
assessment of patients either at risk of or showing signs of
acute  deterioration, or those recently relocated from higher
levels of care. The focus is on patient assessment, interpretation
and evaluation of data, immediate management of significant
problems, ongoing and further assessments in order to improve
clinical outcomes. 



Rapid Assessment of the Acutely Ill Patient provides a
framework for a systematic initial patient assessment and explores
principles of effective assessment. Body systems are considered in
order of life-threatening priority following the ABCDE approach,
dealing with the assessment and management of airway, breathing,
circulation, disability - and everything else; covering topics such
as visual, palpatory and auscultatory assessment, use of additional
documented information (charts, notes etc), and interpreting
diagnostic investigations. Methods to ensure effective
communication and team-working are also discussed.

Key features




  • Part of the Essential Clinical Skills for Nurses
    series



  • Aimed at nurses working in wards and specialist
    departments



  • Explores the assessment skills required for a rapid response
    to a patient at risk of becoming acutely unwell



  • Enables students and practitioners to develop practical and
    interpretative skills



  • Provides a framework for assessment and principles of first
    line treatment



  • Includes ?Look?, ?Listen?,
    ?Feel? and ?Measure? icons



Sheila Adam is Head of Nursing, Specialist Hospitals
Board, UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and author of Nursing in
Critical Care: Science and Practice (now in its 2nd edition), The
Oxford Handbook of Critical Care Nursing and Nutrition in the
Critically Ill.



John Welch is Nurse Consultant in Critical Care, University
College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and former Chair of
the National Outreach Forum.



Mandy Odell is Nurse Consultant in Critical Care, Royal
Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Nurse and Allied Health
Professional representative for the Intensive Care Society and
former Chair of the British Association of Critical Care
Nurses.

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