Chapter

Nursing care of patient emergencies

Edited by George Castledine and Ann Close

in Oxford Handbook of Adult Nursing

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199231355
Published online August 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199597987 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199231355.003.0033

Series: Oxford Medical Handbooks

 							Nursing care of patient emergencies

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Part 1. General principles of first aid for nurses outside the emergency department environment - Medical emergencies - General principles of first aid for nurses - Priorities when faced with an emergency situation - Care of the unconscious patient (both within and outside the hospital environment) - Cardiopulmonary arrest - Shock - Breathing emergencies in the hospital/clinic setting I - Breathing emergencies in the hospital/clinic setting II - Haemorrhage and wounds: overview - Wounds: types and treatment - Chest emergencies - Heart and circulatory emergencies - Musculoskeletal injuries - Fractures/traumatic injuries I - Fractures/traumatic injuries II - Temperature-related emergencies - Burns - Hypothermia - Poisoning - Seizures - Fainting (syncope) - Psychological emergencies - Acute psychiatric reactions to trauma - Drug abuse - The patient threatening or attempting suicide - The patient who demonstrates psychotic behaviour - Specific female emergencies - Unexpected childbirth - Part 2. Care of the patient in the emergency department (ED) - Care of the patient in the emergency department (ED) - Emergency nursing - Use of the ABCDE principles in the emergency department - Nursing care in the emergency department

This chapter is divided into two parts. The first part concerns basic first aid and emergency care principles which may be helpful outside the emergency department (ED), but still in a clinical setting/hospital. In some cases very basic advice is given so that the nurse can assist in situations outside the hospital and in the community setting when medical assistance is unavailable. The second part of the chapter focuses on some of the work carried out in an ED and gives the non-specialist or student a brief overview and introduction to emergency care in a specialist unit.

Chapter.  18671 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Nursing Skills

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