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Clinical Assessment and Monitoring in Children

ISBN: 978-1-4051-3338-8
352 pages
April 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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Assessment and monitoring are fundamental aspects of the care of the acutely ill child, especially in high dependency areas and critical care units. Clinical Assessment and Monitoring in Children is a practical, introductory guide which provides detailed information on assessment and monitoring techniques, including physical assessment, physiological monitoring and an appraisal of additional assessment tools to enable practitioners to develop effective skills.

The book adopts a physical systems approach, discusses assessment strategies and tools (starting with the least invasive and moving to the more complex) and examines how to analyse and apply the information to provide ongoing care. Each chapter explores physical assessment and examination whilst maintaining the focus on the child and the family.

Clinical Assessment and Monitoring in Children assumes no prior knowledge, and provides the knowledge and skills needed to underpin decision-making and provide effective evidence-based care. This is an invaluable resource for all health care practitioners involved in caring for children.

Key Features:

• Explores assessment and monitoring of children from 0 – 16 years
• Draws upon National Service Frameworks and clinical practice guidelines
• Adopts a system by system approach
• Provides knowledge and skills needed to underpin decision-making and provide effective evidence-based care
• Includes hints on trouble-shooting and gaining the child and family’s co-operation
• Includes case studies and suggested further reading

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Preface.

Acknowledgements.

Chapter 1 Introduction.

Chapter 2 Respiratory Assessment.

Chapter 3 Respiratory Monitoring.

Chapter 4 Cardiovascular Assessment.

Chapter 5 Cardiovascular Monitoring.

Chapter 6 Neurological Assessment.

Chapter 7 Acute Neurological Assessment and Monitoring.

Chapter 8 Gastro-intestinal System and Abdomen.

Chapter 9 Nutrition.

Chapter 10 Fluid and Electrolytes.

Chapter 11 Head and Neck.

Chapter 12 Musculoskeletal Assessment.

Chapter 13 Temperature Monitoring.

Chapter 14 Comfort and Hygiene

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Diana Fergusson is Lecturer practitioner, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit and Paediatric High Dependency Unit, John Radcliffe Hospital and Oxford Brookes University, Oxford
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* In Essential Clinical Skills for Nurses series
* Explores assessment and monitoring of children from 0 – 16 years
* Assumes no prior knowledge
* Provides knowledge and skills needed to underpin decision-making and provide effective evidence-based care
* Draws upon National Service Frameworks and clinical practice guidelines
* Includes case studies and hints on trouble-shooting
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"This user friendly reference book offers a good foundation to learners when used in conjunction with academic and clinical support. Equally it could be used as a reference book for those working in areas caring for sick children." (International Emergency Nursing, October 2008)
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