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For courses in critical care, acute care nursing, and as a supplemental text in advanced medical-surgical nursing.

Complete guide to high-acuity nursing in all care settings
High-Acuity Nursing provides a comprehensive knowledge set needed to care for adult patients with complex, unpredictable conditions across settings, from high-skill, long-term facilities to critical care units. Focusing on the relationship between pathophysiology and the nursing process, the text encourages students to think critically to reach optimal clinical decisions for high-acuity patients. All chapters in the 7th edition have been updated and many have been reorganized and expanded. A new chapter focuses on palliative care and end-of-life issues, and new features address quality and safety, along with genetic considerations.

High-Acuity Nursing
, 7th Edition
, is also available via Pearson eText, a simple-to-use, mobile, personalized reading experience that lets instructors connect with and motivate students — right in their eTextbook.

Table of contents

PART 1: INTRODUCTION TO HIGH-ACUITY NURSING
1. High-Acuity Nursing
2. Holistic Care of the Patient and Family
3. Palliative and End-of-life Care
4. The Older Adult High-Acuity Patient

PART 2: THERAPEUTIC SUPPORT OF THE HIGH-ACUITY PATIENT
5. Acute Pain Management
6. Nutrition Support
7. Mechanical Ventilation
8. Basic Hemodynamic Monitoring
9. Basic Cardiac Rhythm Monitoring
10. Complex Wound Management

PART 3: PULMONARY
11. Determinants and Assessment of Pulmonary Function
12. Alterations in Pulmonary Function

PART 4: CARDIOVASCULAR
13. Determinants and Assessment of Cardiac Function
14. Alterations in Cardiac Function
15. Alterations in Myocardial Tissue Perfusion

PART 5: NEUROLOGIC
16. Determinants and Assessment of Cerebral Function
17. Mentation and Sensory Motor Complications of Acute Illness
18. Acute Stroke Injury
19. Traumatic Brain Injury
20. Acute Spinal Cord Injury

PART 6: GASTROINTESTINAL
21. Determinants and Assessment of Gastrointestinal Function
22. Alterations in Gastrointestinal Function
23. Alterations in Liver Function
24. Alterations in Pancreatic Function

PART 7: FLUID AND ELECTROLYTES
25. Determinants and Assessment of Fluid and Electrolyte Balance
26. Alterations in Fluid and Electrolyte Balance
27. Alterations in Kidney Function

PART 8: HEMATOLOGIC
28. Determinants and Assessment of Hematologic Function
29. Alterations in Red Blood Cell Function and Hemostasis
30. Alterations in White Blood Cell Function and Oncologic Emergencies

PART 9: NUTRITION AND METABOLISM
31. Determinants and Assessment of Nutrition and Metabolic Function
32. Metabolic Response to Stress
33. Diabetic Crises

PART 10: MULTISYSTEM DYSFUNCTION
34. Determinants and Assessment of Oxygenation
35. Multiple Trauma
36. Acute Burn Injury
37. Shock States
38. Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome
39. Solid Organ and Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation

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