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Gastrointestinal Nursing

Graeme Smith, Roger Watson

ISBN: 978-1-405-14337-0 April 2008 Wiley-Blackwell 216 Pages


Many nurses work as specialist practitioners within several areas of gastrointestinal medicine, including inflammatory bowel disease, stoma care, nutrition, endoscopy and counselling. There has been a steady increase in nurse-led services and gastrointestinal nursing is an expanding area. This comprehensive text lays the foundation by reviewing the anatomy and physiology underlying common conditions before covering the pathophysiology of clinical features, causes, investigation and management. Underlying this approach will be the specific nursing aspects of caring for patients with gastrointestinal conditions, covering psychosocial factors and issues such as the measurement of health related quality of life.

Foreword vii

1 Introduction 1

Section 1 Structure, Function and Disorders of the Gastrointestinal Tract 11

2 An Overview of the Gastrointestinal Tract 13

3 The Oesophagus 24

4 The Stomach 38

5 The Small Intestine 58

6 The Large Intestine 75

7 The Liver 106

8 The Biliary System 115

9 The Pancreas 124

Section 2 Essential Aspects of Gastroenterology 135

10 Diagnostic Procedures and Tests in Gastroenterology 137

11 Gastrointestinal Emergencies 151

12 Pharmacology in Gastroenterology 158

Section 3 Living with Gastrointestinal Disorders 165

13 The Role of Psychosocial Factors in Gastroenterology 167

14 Quality of Life in Gastroenterology 179

Glossary 189

Useful Addresses 193

Appendix 196

Index 205

'A useful background read for student nurses or general nurses entering gastroenterology'

Gastrointestinal Nursing

  • comprehensive guide to gastrointestinal nursing care and management

  • for general nurses, advanced nurse practitioners and nurse endoscopists

  • enables nurses to develop expertise in this area of care

  • explores issues in gastrointestinal care