DescriptionCardiothoracic nursing has undergone great change over the last decade. With the continuing improvement of surgical techniques, pharmacology and pre- and post-operative care, there have been many new initiatives and innovations in the nature and practice of this specialised sector of nursing. Rehabilitation and patient education are to name but a few of the areas where exciting new challenges and opportunities for cardiothoracic nurses have opened up.
This book is a definitive and accessible text for cardiothoracic nurses. Written for nurses from a nursing perspective, it offers practical advice and information on all aspects of cardiothoracic surgical nursing and pays particular attention to the continuing developments cardiothoracic nurses must face.
Chapter 1. The Development of Cardiothoracic Surgical Nursing.
Chapter 2. Epidemiology of Cardiac and Respiratory Diseases.
Chapter 3. Applied Respiratory and Cardiac Physiology.
Chapter 4. Pre-operative Preparation.
Chapter 5. Intra-operative Issues.
Chapter 6. Post-operative Care following Cardiothoracic Surgery.
Chapter 7. Returning Home.
'This is an ideal reference guide for students encountering this type of nursing for the first time and will reinforce classroom teaching and experience at the bedside.' Nursing Standard
- An essential reference book for all those practising or studying in this area
- Offers advice and information to help ensure the best quality of care is offered to patients undergoing cardio-thoracic surgery
- Explores new models of nursing practice
- Detailed references and further reading