General principles of care

Rebecca Jester, Julie Santy and Jean Rogers

in Oxford Handbook of Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing

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ISBN: 9780199569809
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191729850 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Medical Handbooks

General principles of care

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The nature of orthopaedic surgery and the surgical environment - Anaesthesia and the orthopaedic patient - General anaesthesia - Regional anaesthesia - Spinal anaesthesia - Preoperative assessment - Preoperative preparation - Postoperative care - Blood and blood transfusion - Acute pain - Chronic pain - Pain assessment - Pain management - Pharmacological management of pain - Patient-controlled analgesia (PCA) and epidural - Complementary and alternative therapies - Wound management - Surgical wound management - Wound drainage systems - Wound closure - Hygiene and comfort - Moving and handling - Elimination - Nutrition - Communication - Psychological aspects of care - Mobilization - Aids to mobility - Disability and enabling environments - Rehabilitation - Social aspects of care - Discharge planning - Patient and carer education - Health promotion - Obesity and the orthopaedic patient

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Subjects: Nursing Skills ; Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery

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