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Ward-based Critical Care: a guide for health professionals - 2nd edition


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ISBN: 9781905539925

January 2016 • M&K Publishing • 416pp



Ann Price, MA, MSc, BSc (Hons), PGCE, ENB 100, RN, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, Canterbury Christ Church University

Dr Sally A Smith, Chief Nurse & Director of Quality, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Dr Alistair Challiner, Consultant in Intensive Care Medicine and Anaesthesia, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

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a useful addition to any ward book shelf or student’s reading list’ Journal of the Intensive Care Society


Like the original Ward-based Critical Care, this second edition aims to guide practitioners in the initial management of critically ill adult patients within the ward setting. It should be of value to a wide range of healthcare professionals, including junior doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and students. It will also be relevant to practitioners who are moving into any setting that cares for acutely ill patients.


This volume has been slightly reorganised since the first edition to ensure that practical aspects are incorporated within the relevant sections. The book is still structured around the ABCDE approach to assessing and managing patients, as this is promoted in critical care and resuscitation care training. The focus on practical examples and ‘hot tips’ to aid memory of key points continues. All the chapters have been updated with the most recent guidance, as available at the time of writing. This has meant that some chapters have required major revisions, while others have remained relatively unchanged. Some new chapters have been included, such as the ones on anaphylactic shock, patient safety, dealing with pregnant women in the ward setting, and massive blood transfusion. In addition, each section now starts with a chapter giving an overview of the A–E approach in order to provide more detail about assessing and managing those aspects of patient care.


This informative book contains many useful features such as clinical scenarios, hot tips and practical skills, and the text is richly illustrated and cross-referenced throughout.


Contents include:



Critical care outreach

Overview of assessing and monitoring the acutely ill ward patient

Examination of the sick ward patient

Respiratory physiotherapy and rehabilitation

Patient safety



Assessing and managing the airway

Temporary tracheostomies 

Suctioning a tracheostomy

Changing tracheostomy tubes 



Obtaining and interpreting arterial blood gases

Oxygen therapy 

Pleural chest drains

Pulmonary oedema in acute heart failure

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease


Non-invasive ventilation in type 2 respiratory failure

Pulmonary embolism


Neurological disease



Assessing and managing the cardiovascular system



Cardiogenic shock

Anaphylactic shock

Management of critically ill patients with malignancy

Tachyarrhythmias in the acutely ill

Cardiac chest pain

Acute abdomen

Oesophageal varices


Renal failure

Emergency and massive blood transfusion

Pregnancy related conditions



Assessing and managing aspects of consciousness and disability 

Neurological compromise secondary to electrolyte imbalance

Diabetic ketoacidosis

Neurogenic shock Severe acute pain

Nutrition in the acutely unwell patient

Placement of a nasogastric tube



Exposure, examination and evaluation

Compartment syndrome

Organ and tissue donation

Patient transport 


Psychosocial aspects of acute illness

The post-ICU patient

The ethics of acute care

Communication Family care 

Caring for the suddenly bereaved in the acute care setting

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