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Portable RN [electronic resource] : the all-in-one nursing reference.
3rd ed.
Philadelphia : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2007.
vii, 728 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
1582559333 (alk. paper)
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Philadelphia : Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, c2007.
1582559333 (alk. paper)
Licensed for access by U. of T. users.
contents note
Assessment : reviewing the techniques -- Assessment findings : distinguishing health from disease -- ECGs : interpreting them with ease and accuracy -- Common laboratory tests : giving care and interpreting results -- Common disorders : treating and preventing diseases -- Common procedures : performing them safely and accurately -- Surgical patient care : reviewing the techniques -- Pain management : assessing pain and using medications -- Pressure ulcers and traumatic wound care : preventing, staging, and treating wounds -- Precautions : preventing the spread of infection -- Troubleshooting : spotting and correcting equipment problems -- Drug administration : reviewing the methods -- Dosage calculation : ensuring effective therapy -- Drug hazards : recognizing and responding to them -- Complications : spotting and correcting life-threatening conditions -- Alternative and complementary therapies : enhancing care and healing -- End-of-life care : caring for the dying patient and his family -- Documentation systems : completing forms fully and concisely.
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references (p. 715-716) and index.
A Look Inside
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2008-12-01:
Although this resource is entitled Portable RN and marketed as a "compact powerhouse of clinical information," it does not easily fit into one's pocket and is a fairly heavy text. Aside from this, the third edition is written by nurses, based on content from standard texts, with revisions to meet current standards, including those of the American Heart Association and the Joint Commission. Organized in an easy-to-use bulleted/highlighted table format with appropriate illustrations, this volume covers an extensive range of clinical nursing topics. A detailed index and table of contents for each chapter provide quick access to information. Notably, chapters on alternative and complementary therapies are included, along with a chapter on documentation systems. Missing are chapters on the importance of communication, information literacy, and evidence-based nursing. The chapter on common disorders does feature patient teaching points. Appendixes include a brief table highlighting cultural considerations in patient care, potential agents of bioterrorism, selected references, and Web sites for a limited number of organizations. This volume offers a basic foundation of knowledge and supports nurses in their ongoing efforts to provide quality patient-centered care. As with many reference resources, its limitation lies in an inability to provide detailed information about any given topic. Those in various nursing specializations would require a more comprehensive resource for a given discipline. Summing Up: Optional. Upper-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners. N. I. Henry The Pennsylvania State University
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Main Description
A compact powerhouse of clinical information, Portable RN, Third Edition is an all-in-one pocket guide to every aspect of day-to-day patient care. Coverage includes assessment techniques and findings, ECG and lab test interpretation, preoperative and postoperative care, nursing procedures, contagious disease precautions, drug administration, alternative and complementary therapies, managing complications, documenting care, and more. Separate chapters cover pain management, end-of-life care, and wound care. This updated edition reflects current INS and American Red Cross guidelines and current JCAHO requirements. The user-friendly, concise presentation features dozens of bulleted lists, charts, and illustrations. SI units for laboratory tests are included.
Table of Contents
Contributors and consultantsp. vii
Assessment: Reviewing the techniquesp. 1
Assessment findings: Distinguishing health from diseasep. 63
ECGs: Interpreting them with ease and accuracyp. 104
Common laboratory tests: Giving care and interpreting resultsp. 146
Common disorders: Treating and preventing diseasesp. 200
Common procedures: Performing them safely and accuratelyp. 263
Surgical patient care: Reviewing the techniquesp. 396
Pain management: Assessing pain and using medicationsp. 425
Pressure ulcers and traumatic wound care: Preventing, staging, and treating woundsp. 438
Precautions: Preventing the spread of infectionp. 450
Troubleshooting: Spotting and correcting equipment problemsp. 459
Drug administration: Reviewing the methodsp. 495
Dosage calculation: Ensuring effective therapyp. 528
Drug hazards: Recognizing and responding to themp. 543
Complications: Spotting and correcting life-threatening conditionsp. 625
Alternative and complementary therapies: Enhancing care and healingp. 646
End-of-life care: Caring for the dying patient and his familyp. 668
Documentation systems: Completing forms fully and conciselyp. 673
Cultural considerations in patient carep. 690
Potential agents of bioterrorismp. 694
Web sites of selected organizationsp. 696
Dangerous abbreviationsp. 697
Outcomes and interventions for common nursing diagnosesp. 698
Selected referencesp. 715
Indexp. 717
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