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Core Curriculum for Pediatric Critical Care Nursing, 2nd Edition


From the experts at the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), comes the definitive resource on administering quality nursing care to critically ill pediatric patients. The 2nd edition has been updated to reflect the current state of pediatric critical care nursing practice and explores the anatomic, physiologic, and cognitive/psychosocial changes that occur across the lifespan of a child and identifies the ways in which these changes are affected by specific health problems. Using a systems-based approach for quick and easy reference, this authoritative resource covers developmental anatomy and physiology, pathophysiology and defining characteristics of common pediatric disorders, clinical assessment, relevant pharmacology, monitoring and diagnostic testing, and therapeutic procedures. Disease coverage includes essential pathophysiology, etiology and risk factors, signs and symptoms, nursing and collaborative management, and complications. Also serves as an effective study guide for the pediatric CCRN certification examination.

Table of Contents

New to This Edition

    • Includes information on the evolution of the AACN's synergy model.
    • A new section on Bioterrorism and other terror threats.
    • A new section on Stabilization of the Critically Ill Neonate and Child for Transport.
    • A new section on infectious diseases and appropriate antibiotic treatment provides content on resistant infections such as MRSA and VRE, as well as their potential for sepsis and prevalence in the PICU.
    • A new section on monitoring equipment and principles includes information on proper setup and use of monitoring equipment, and limitations of equipment.
    • Incorporates the latest pediatric drug information.
    • Covers conscious/deep IV sedation in the PICU.
    • Includes HIPPA regulations for bedside nursing care.
    • Updated case studies in the Appendix section feature accompanying questions and answers for review.

Key Features

    • This is the only certification review resource for pediatric critical care.
    • Endorsed by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the largest nursing specialty association in the world.
    • Case studies provide further review of selected patient problems.
    • Provides thorough coverage of multisystem problems, such as multiple trauma, toxicology, septic shock, and burns.
    • Disease discussions include essential pathophysiology, etiology and risk factors, signs and symptoms, nursing and collaborative management, and complications.
    • Content is divided by body systems for quick reference and investigates developmental anatomy and physiology, clinical assessment, pharmacology, diagnostic tests, and therapeutic procedures.

Author Information

    By American Association of Critical-Care Nurses

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Core Curriculum for Pediatric Critical Care Nursing, 2nd Edition
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  • Paperback
  • Reference
  • 912 Pages
  • Trim Size: 7 1/4 X 10 1/4 in
  • Imprint: Saunders
  • ISBN: 978-1-4160-0157-7
  • Copyright: 2006