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Foreword Acknowledgements Chapter 1 Resuscitation Service: An Overview Introduction Learning outcomes Concept of the chain of survival Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation: Standards for Clinical Practice and Training Role of the Resuscitation Council (UK) Principles of safer handling during CPR Chapter summary Chapter 2 Resuscitation Equipment Introduction Learning outcomes Recommended minimum equipment for the management of an adult cardiac arrest Routine checking of resuscitation equipment Checking resuscitation equipment following use Chapter summary Chapter 3 Recognition and Treatment of the Critically Ill Patient Introduction Learning outcomes Prevention of in-hospital cardiopulmonary arrest Clinical signs of critical illness Early warning scores and calling criteria Role of outreach and medical emergency teams Assessment and emergency treatment of the critically ill patient Chapter summary Chapter 4 Principles of Cardiac Monitoring and ECG Recognition Introduction Learning outcomes The conduction system of the heart The ECG and its relation to cardiac contraction Methods of cardiac monitoring Problems encountered with cardiac monitoring Systematic approach to ECG interpretation Cardiac arrhythmias associated with cardiac arrest Peri-arrest arrhythmias Chapter summary Chapter 5 Bystander Basic Life Support Introduction Learning outcomes Potential hazards when attempting BLS Initial assessment and sequence of actions in bystander BLS Principles of chest compressions Principles of mouth-to-mouth ventilation The recovery position Treatment for foreign body airway obstruction Chapter summary Chapter 6 Airway Management and Ventilation Introduction Learning outcomes Causes of airway obstruction Recognition of airway obstruction Simple techniques to open and clear the airway Use of oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal airways Insertion of the laryngeal mask airway (LMA) Insertion of the combitube Procedure for application of cricoid pressure Principles of tracheal intubation Methods for ventilation Chapter summary Chapter 7 Defibrillation and Electrical Cardioversion Introduction Learning objectives Ventricular fibrillation Physiology of defibrillation Factors affecting successful defibrillation Safety issues and defibrillation Procedure for manual defibrillation Procedure for automated external defibrillation Synchronised electrical cardioversion New technological advances in defibrillation Chapter summary Chapter 8 Advanced Life Support Introduction Learning objectives Background to the Resuscitation Council (UK) ALS algorithm Overview of the ALS algorithm Chest compressions Precordial thump Reversible causes Drug delivery routes Resuscitation drugs Use of pre-filled syringes Principles of external pacing Chapter summary Chapter 9 Resuscitation in Special Situations Introduction Learning outcomes Life-threatening electrolyte abnormalities Hypothermia Drowning Acute severe asthma Electrocution Pregnancy Poisoning Trauma Cardiovascular collapse or cardiac arrest caused by local anaesthetic Chapter summary Chapter 10 Anaphylaxis Introduction Learning outcomes Definition Incidence Pathophysiology Causes Clinical features and diagnosis Treatment of anaphylaxis Chapter summary Chapter 11 Acute Coronary Syndromes Introduction Learning outcomes Pathogenesis of ACS Classification of ACS Diagnosis of ACS Immediate treatment of ACS Chapter summary Chapter 12 Management of Peri-Arrest Arrhythmias Introduction Learning outcomes Principles of the use of the peri-arrest algorithms Adverse clinical signs associated with peri-arrest arrhythmias Management of bradycardia Management of a tachycardia Chapter summary Chapter 13 Post-Resuscitation Care Introduction Learning objectives Goals of post-resuscitation care Initial assessment priorities Transfer to definitive care Measures to limit damage to vital organs Temperature control and therapeutic hypothermia Prediction of poor outcome Chapter summary Chapter 14 Bereavement Introduction Learning objectives Ideal layout for the relatives room Breaking bad news Telephone notification of relatives Practical arrangements following a death Relatives witnessing resuscitation Chapter summary Chapter 15 Ethical Issues in Resuscitation Introduction Learning outcomes Ethical principles that guide medical practice Historical background to DNAR decisions Importance of DNAR decisions Key messages in Decisions Relating to Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Overview of the DNAR decision-making process Factors underpinning DNAR decisions Documentation of DNAR decisions Information for patients and relatives Chapter summary Chapter 16 Resuscitation Records Introduction Learning outcomes Why maintaining accurate resuscitation records is important Examples of poor record keeping Factors underpinning effective record keeping Importance of auditing resuscitation records Legal issues associated with record keeping Audit and reporting standards Chapter summary Chapter 17 Resuscitation Training Introduction Learning outcomes Why resuscitation training is important Principles of adult learning Resuscitation training methods Recommendations for resuscitation training for healthcare staff Training mannequins/models Resuscitation Council (UK) courses Chapter summary Index

About the Author

Phil Jevon qualified as an RGN in 1986. He worked on CCU between the years 1987 and 1993 during which time he gained considerable experience in coronary care nursing. He has been the Resuscitation Officer/Clinical Skills Lead at The Manor Hospital, Walsall since 1993 and is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at the Birmingham Medical School. While working on CCU and since then in his role as a member of the hospital cardiac arrest team, he has got considerable experience in advanced cardiac life support.

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"Praised in its previous edition as a concise source of essential information, this new edition presents the most recent information in an accessible format and serves as an excellent reference source for all cardiologists, radiologists and nuclear medicine physicians". (TMCnet.com, 19 January 2011)

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