Level 2 (highly dependent) patients are nursed in a variety of clinical areas. High Dependency Nursing Care has been written for pre qualified and post qualified students undertaking modules and placements to prepare them for nursing the acutely ill and nurses caring for these patients. Written by a team of nurses experienced in providing, supporting and developing high dependency care, it discusses practical issues and explores the current evidence base for clinical practice.

This essential textbook covers the context of care with chapters on fundamental aspects, such as sleep, nutrition, pain management and stress. It goes on to look at the main causes of critical illness and the treatments often given, as well as the skills necessary for monitoring patients. Completely updated throughout, this second edition also includes new chapters on infection control, heart failure, tissue removal and transferring the sicker patient.

High Dependency Nursing Care is:

Comprehensive: it covers all the key areas of knowledge needed

User-friendly: it includes learning outcomes, introductions, time out exercises, implications for practice, useful websites and up-to-date references

Clearly written: by a team of experienced nurses

Practically based: clinical scenarios provide stimulating discussion and revision topics

part |2 pages

Part 1 Contexts for care

chapter 1|6 pages

Comprehensive critical care t ina moore

chapter 2|9 pages

Patient-centred care t ina moore

chapter 3|10 pages

Ethics t ina moore

chapter 4|9 pages

Family care t ina moore

chapter 5|8 pages

Cultural issues

chapter 6|10 pages

Nursing assessment shei la o’sull ivan

chapter 7|11 pages

Nutrition phi l ip woodrow

chapter 8|9 pages

Infection control phi l ip woodrow

part |2 pages

Part 2 Neurological

chapter 9|8 pages

Neurological assessment phi l ip woodrow

chapter 10|11 pages

Acute pain management phi l ip woodrow

chapter 11|9 pages

Psychological disturbances t ina moore

chapter 12|9 pages

Sleep t ina moore

chapter 13|7 pages

Stress t ina moore

part |2 pages

Part 3 Respiratory

chapter 15|11 pages

Respiratory assessment t ina moore

chapter 16|8 pages

Pulse oximetry t ina moore

chapter 17|9 pages

Arterial blood gas analysis t ina moore

chapter 18|11 pages

Respiratory pathologies phi l ip woodrow

chapter 19|11 pages

Oxygen therapy t ina moore

chapter 20|11 pages

Suctioning t ina moore

chapter 21|8 pages

Intrapleural chest drains phi l ip woodrow

chapter 22|9 pages

Temporary tracheostomies phi l ip woodrow

chapter 23|12 pages

Non-invasive ventilation phi l ip woodrow

part |2 pages

Part 4 Cardiovascular

chapter 24|10 pages

Haemodynamic assessment phi l ip woodrow

chapter 26|9 pages

Acute coronary syndromes noir in egan

chapter 27|11 pages

Shock t ina moore

chapter 28|14 pages

Heart failure phi l ip woodrow

part |2 pages

Part 5 Abdominal

chapter 30|9 pages

Acute kidney injury phi l ip woodrow

chapter 31|13 pages

Gastrointestinal disorders phi l ip woodrow

chapter 32|11 pages

Haematological disorders t ina moore

chapter 33|11 pages

Diabetic emergencies t ina moore

chapter 34|9 pages

Acute liver dysfunction phi l ip woodrow

chapter 35|15 pages

Gynaecology l isa tupper

part |2 pages

Part 6 Positive outcomes

chapter 36|7 pages

Rehabilitation t ina moore

chapter 37|7 pages

Transferring patients t ina moore

chapter 39|9 pages

End-of-life care phi l ip woodrow

chapter 40|8 pages

Tissue retrieval phi l ip woodrow

chapter 41|10 pages

Professional issues t ina moore