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ABC of Tubes, Drains, Lines and Frames

ABC of Tubes, Drains, Lines and Frames

Adam Brooks, Peter F. Mahoney, Brian Rowlands

ISBN: 978-1-444-31245-4

Apr 2009, BMJ Books

88 pages



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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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

"It dominates in terms of illustrations and it is quick, fun reading." (Doody's Reviews)

  • 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