• Summary
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The prospect of caring for acutely ill patients has the potential to overwhelm students and newly qualified health professionals, with many reporting feelings of stress, fear and inexperience. In this context, Acute Illness Management arrives as a much needed guide to the fundamental aspects of care in the hospital setting.

This book equips students with a practical understanding of essential skills ranging from resuscitation to early intervention and to trauma care. It explains the rationale behind protocols of care highlighting the relationship between theory and practice.

Key Features: Includes tips for analyzing care decisions in a critical and effective manner; Offers reflective activities and self-assessment questions to cement learning; Provides legal and ethical considerations

Acute Illness Management is an invaluable resource for students and qualified practitioners in nursing and other health professions.

Understanding and Resolving Problems with the Circulation
Understanding and resolving problems with the circulation

The circulation of blood provides an important transport system for the body. At times of acute illness the circulation can fail for a number of reasons causing a condition known as shock. Shock has been defined by Eaton (1999) as ‘a condition characterised by impaired cellular function as a result of a reduction in the effective circulating blood volume, resulting in an inadequate supply of oxygen and nutrients to the cells, tissues and organs, inadequate oxygen utilisation and inadequate removal of waste products’. Shock therefore represents a life-threatening condition with ...

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