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ABC of Tubes, Drains, Lines and Frames

ISBN: 978-1-4443-1245-4
88 pages
April 2009, BMJ Books
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Surgical patients are increasingly undergoing operative procedures that require complex post-operative care followed by prolonged rehabilitation in the community, and few leave surgery without a wound, tube, line or drain. The care of these surgical adjuncts is undertaken either in hospital by ward staff or away from the hospital in the community, where GPs and practice nurses are expected to take over the day-to-day management of this care.

The ABC of Tubes, Drains, Lines and Frames is a practical guide that provides a clear account of the key issues involved in the assessment and management of surgical wounds, tubes, drains, lines and stomas – from the operating theatre to the Critical Care unit and from the ward into the community. It highlights common pitfalls and includes ‘trouble shooting’ sections that provide an understanding of the issues at all stages of post-operative care.

This new ABC is an invaluable resource for all GPs, practice nurses, surgical nurses, junior doctors, and community paramedics.

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Table of Contents

Contributors vi

Preface vii

Acknowledgements viii

1 The Complex Abdomen 1
Tracy R. Bilski Brian Rowlands and Adam Brooks

2 Surgical Airways 6
Andrew Taylor

3 The Chest 12
Ben Davies

4 Lines 19
Adam Wolverson

5 Pain 26
Trudy Towell and Jonathan Mole

6 Feeding 34
Gabriel Rodrigues Joy Field and Dileep Lobo

7 Surgical Wounds 40
Alastair Simpson and Adam Brooks

8 Surgical Drains 44
Sherif Awad Alastair Simpson and Adam Brooks

9 Hepatobiliary 49
Ian Beckingham Sherif Awad J. Edward Fitzgerald and Adam Brooks

10 Stomas 53
Iain Anderson and Amanda Smith

11 Urology 59
Gurminder Mann

12 Central Nervous System 64
Jerard Ross Dawn Williams and Neil Buxton

13 Frames Pins and Plaster 70
Ian Pallister

Index 75

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Author Information

Adam Brooks trained in hepatobiliary surgery, critical care and trauma surgery in the UK, South Africa, Australia and the USA. He has developed significant experience in the management of complex surgical patients and the breadth of surgical complications and their management. He has co-edited 4 surgical textbooks and written more than 30 chapters.

Peter Mahoney is a consultant in anaesthesia and resuscitation with the Defence Medical Services. He has worked in resource- limited areas with NGOs and has co-edited 3 text books (Ballistic Trauma, Conflict and Catastrophe, ABC of Conflict and Disaster).

Brian Rowlands is Professor of Surgery and Head of Critical care course at Nottingham and Chair of the RCS group working on the care of the critically ill patient (a course for surgical trainees). He will be President of the Assocn of Surgeons of GB and I in May 2007.

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The Wiley Advantage

  • A practical guide to the key issues involved in the assessment and management of surgical adjuncts
  • Covers the care of post-operative patients in primary care
  • Highlights common pitfalls and includes “trouble shooting” sections
  • New full colour title in the successful and easily accessible ABC series
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"It dominates in terms of illustrations and it is quick, fun reading." (Doody's Reviews)
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