Your step-by-step guide to key emergency and critical care procedures and hands-on nursing care. Whether you need to know how to prioritise your response to a patient with multiple injuries, or you need a quick practical guide to fluid therapy, this is the go-to resource. Colour photographs of real life cases take you through the procedures and after-care, detailing essential skills. This book provides vital information for emergency and critical care situations, whether you’re looking for confidence in handling emergency cases in a first-opinion practice, or a relevant, succinct guide for an emergency clinic. Be inspired to become more confident in your clinical skills and abilities, and learn how to apply your existing skills to an emergency situation.
A companion website provides additional resources useful in the management of emergency and critical patients. Visit the website to find information charts and video clips of procedures.
Written by a veterinary nurse and a veterinary surgeon who work together in the largest UK emergency clinic, this book is a practical, how-to manual with a nursing focus.
Suitable as a complete reference for nurses studying towards qualifications, or as a practical guide for daily use by veterinary nurses working in veterinary emergency and critical care.
Table of contents
1 Triage and Assessment of the Emergency Patient
2 Monitoring the Critical Patient
3 Vascular Access
4 ‘Shock’ and Intravenous Fluid Therapy
5 Blood Gas, Acid–Base Analysis and Electrolyte Abnormalities
6 Analgesia and Anaesthesia of the Emergency and Critical Patient
7 Practical Laboratory Techniques
8 Techniques for Oxygen Supplementation
9 Nursing the Dyspnoeic Patient
10 Nursing the Cardiac Patient
11 Nursing the Acute Abdomen Patient
12 Nursing Urinary Tract Emergencies
13 Nursing the Poisoned Patient
14 Nursing the Trauma Patient
15 Nursing the Reproductive Patient
16 Small Animal Critical Care and Hospitalised Patient Nutrition
17 Nursing the Emergency Ophthalmology Patient
18 Cardiopulmonary Arrest and Resuscitation
19 Nursing Considerations in the Critical Patient