Compact Clinical Guide to Mechanical Ventilation PDF – Foundations of Practice for Critical Care Nurses
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Caring for a patient requiring mechanical ventilation in the intensive care unit can be a daunting task. Furthermore, keeping up with the latest evidence-based practice in mechanical ventilation can be a challenge, even for experienced critical care nurses.
Th e Compact Clinical Guide to Mechanical Ventilation was conceptualize as a comprehensive, practical guide for critical care nurses to use at the bedside to aid in providing high-quality patient care. Th is Clinical Guide will be useful for both the novice and experienced critical care nurse in the application of evidence-based practice at the bedside.
With many years of practice at the bedside, as clinical educators and educators in graduate critical care certificate programs, our vision is to take foundational concepts for the critical care nurse, such as mechanical ventilation, and translate them into easy-to-understand, practical information for immediate use at the bedside. Over the years of providing critical care education for registered nurses, we have both observed and been told by our students about the areas they find the most difficult to understand and apply.
Many mechanical ventilation texts are written by physicians and respiratory therapists and include explanations from their perspectives. Th is text is co-authored by two registered nurses who have practiced in critical care for many years as bedside practitioners and as clinical/classroom/online/simulation educators. Th e intent of writing this book for critical care nurses is to translate difficult concepts into understandable, manageable pieces. In this text the key components of nursing management of the patient are highlighted and described in detail. Illustrations and figures are included to help further explain mechanical ventilation. Key take-home points, case studies, and practice questions (with answers) are provided to further illustrate the main content areas. We have endeavored to include all of the tips and clinical pearls we use when teaching in our critical care practice.
Th is Clinical Guide is organized by the key concepts of critical care for the patient requiring mechanical ventilation. Th e first two chapters focus on oxygen therapy and a general overview of concepts, such as advanced pathophysiology, as well as indications for and complications of mechanical ventilation. In Chapter 3, the modes of ventilation and methods of providing mechanical ventilation are discussed.
Chapters 4 through 7 provide the evidence-based approach to nursing management of patients requiring mechanical ventilation. Future directions are explored in Chapter 8. We hope you will find this resource helpful at the bedside in preparing for and caring for your critically ill patients.
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