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Acute and Critical Care in Adult Nursing

Acute and Critical Care in Adult Nursing

Third Edition

January 2022 | 368 pages | Learning Matters
This book develops your ability to manage the care of critically and acutely ill patients, and recognise and deal with the early signs of deterioration. Taking a practical real-life approach to care, each chapter focuses on a patient with a particular issue, from chest pain to sepsis, considering the primary symptoms before working through the knowledge and skills needed to care for that patient. The book focuses on developing clinical assessment and decision-making skills, leaving you confident and competent in caring for patients who are unstable, deteriorating or critically ill.

Key features
  • Each chapter is mapped to the 2018 NMC Standards
  • Packed with engaging real-life practice examples and activities
  • Provides robust evidence-based tools and frameworks to use in practice, such as ABCDE assessments

Chapter 1: Assessing, Recognising and Responding to Acute and Critical Illness
Chapter 2: The Breathless Patient
Chapter 3: The Patient who Needs Respiratory Support
Chapter 4: The Patient with Chest Pain
Chapter 5: The Patient in Pain
Chapter 6: The Patient in Shock
Chapter 7: The Patient with Sepsis and Distributive Shock
Chapter 8: The Patient with Delirium
Chapter 9: The Patient with Acute Kidney Injury
Chapter 10: The Patient with Physiological Trauma
Chapter 11: The Patient with Altered Consciousness
Chapter 12: The Patient with an Endocrine Disorder
Chapter 13: Conclusion: Lessons Learned - An Action Plan for Practice

Recommended reading as it aligns with some of the learning outcomes of the module. Particularly enjoyed the chapters on acute kidney injury and altered consciousness. Very well written. Scenarios and case studies help develop critical thinking. This book will be a very useful resource for students studying specialist and complex care modules at undergraduate level.

Mr Conor Hamilton
School of Nursing & Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast
May 28, 2024

The book follows a really good structure and is easy to read. Each chapter is linked to the NMC platforms. Each clinical condition is linked to a patient scenario and use of an ABCDE assessment to recognise clinical deterioration and manage care.

Mrs Rachel Murray
Department of Nursing, Huddersfield University
September 30, 2022

Clear and concise. Good use of case studies which supports the link between theory and practice.

Miss angie louise keeling
Nursing, Hertfordshire University
April 28, 2022

Desiree Tait

Desi Tait is senior lecturer and Year leader for BSc Nursing in the Faculty for Health and Social Care at Bournemouth University. Desi has over 30 years experience in the practice, theory and education of adult acute and critical care nursing and facilitates critical care education at both undergraduate and post graduate levels. She has a particular interest in the use of blended learning strategies in critical care undergraduate education and is involved in developing and evaluating innovative ways to facilitate student learning by adopting a practice based approach to education. Desi completed her doctorate in the study of nurses’... More About Author

Catherine Norris

Catherine Williams is the programme Director for undergraduate nursing at the  College of Human and Health Sciences, and has over 14  years’ experience in the practice, theory and education of postgraduate and undergraduate level. More About Author

Dave Barton

David Barton is now retired and was formerly Associate Professor and Academic Lead in the Department of Nursing, School of Human & Health Science, Swansea University. David qualified as an RGN at Kings College Hospital and then specialised in critical care nursing. He worked in Intensive Care in both Carmarthen and Swansea before becoming a Nurse Lecturer at the University of Wales Swansea in 1989. David’s academic and scholarly interests have focused particularly on advanced clinical nursing and he has worked to develop nursing networks in Wales and the UK. He is the Chair of the Association of Advanced Nursing Practice Educators ... More About Author

Jane James

Jane James is a Senior Lecturer, module leader for acute care and Admissions Tutor in Adult Nursing at the College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University. Jane's nursing career began in 1980, working in critical care and medical nursing. Her main role as a nurse tutor is in pre-registration nursing, supporting students throughout the adult programme. She has a particular involvement in clinical skills, with an emphasis on simulation and practical scenarios, and she is also module leader for specialised adult practice. She is also involved in post-registration teaching in critical care and discharge planning; and acts as... More About Author

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