Karen K. Carlson, ed. St. Louis, MO: Saunders Elsevier; 2009. Hardcover; 1597 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1416032199

The comprehensive resource Advanced Critical Care Nursing, produced by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), provides a systematic approach to the science of critical care nursing. The book is authored by expert critical care nurses and specialists from applicable disciplines. Each topic area focuses on caring for patients using a critical thinking process, guiding the reader through the application of anatomy, pathophysiology, and pharmacology and providing an understanding of the appropriate multidisciplinary, evidence-based plan of care for a specific patient population. The authors focus the assessment portion of the nursing process on recognition of abnormal results from diagnostic tests and potentially life-threatening complications, resulting in the application of content in a practical manner.

The first unit of the book deals with the current critical care environment, discussing caring for patients in non-traditional settings or...

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