The AACN Procedure Manual for Critical Care, now in its sixth edition, is continually adapting to meet the needs of nurses and patients. The procedures described in this edition are of value along the full continuum of critical care. In addition, the Procedure Manual promotes the understanding that “critical care” is defined by the needs of the patient rather than a place defined by physical boundaries.

This edition is divided into 10 units covering all body systems as well as nutrition, end-of-life care, and medication calculations. There are a total of 139 procedures, with 35 procedures designated at the advanced practice level. Each procedure follows the same format and has been updated to include hand hygiene, patient verification, and use of personal protective equipment requirements as appropriate for the procedure.

The information before the procedure is as follows: prerequisite nursing knowledge, that is, what the nurse needs to know before...

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