Emergency and high-dependency care

Fiona Branch and Frank Coffey

in Oxford Handbook of Clinical Skills in Adult Nursing

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Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780199211043
Published online August 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199597949 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Medical Handbooks

Emergency and high-dependency care

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ABCDE assessment of the acutely ill patient - Recognition of airway obstruction - Manoeuvres for opening the airway - Insertion of an oropharyngeal airway - Insertion of a nasopharyngeal airway - Assessment of breathing - Mouth-to-mouth ventilation - Mouth-to-mask ventilation - Bag–valve–mask (BVM) ventilation - Care of a patient undergoing mechanical ventilation - Insertion of a laryngeal mask airway (LMA) - Assisting with endotracheal intubation - Extubation - Assisting with needle cricothyroidotomy - Assisting with insertion of a percutaneous tracheostomy - Measurement of cuff pressure - Suction through a tracheostomy - Tracheostomy care - Changing a tracheostomy dressing - Changing a tracheostomy tube - Tracheostomy care in an emergency - Assessment of the circulation - Assisting with insertion of a central line - Care of a central line - Measurement of central venous pressure - Removal of a central line - Assisting with venous cut-down - Insertion of an intraosseous needle - Insertion of an arterial line - Care of an arterial line - Invasive measurement of blood pressure by an arterial line - Arterial blood gas sampling by an arterial line - Analysing arterial blood gases 1 - Analysing arterial blood gases 2 (the anion gap in metabolic acidosis) - Assessment of disability/exposure (D/E) - Assisting with insertion of an epidural catheter - Care of an epidural catheter - Assisting with insertion of an intrathecal catheter - Care of an intrathecal catheter - Care of an external ventricular drain (EVD) - Care of an intracranial pressure (ICP) bolt - Assessment of fluid requirements in burns patients - Use of a conductive water therapy system in hypo/hyperthermia - Transfer of acutely unwell patients

Chapter.  20943 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Clinical Skills

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