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Rapid Assessment of the Acutely Ill Patient
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Foreword. Preface. 1. Why Rapid Assessment Is Essential for Ward Staff. 2. Track and Trigger Systems: Early Warning Scores, Calling Criteria and Rapid Response Teams. 3. Assessment Techniques. 4. A?B?C?D?E: Airway Assessment and Management Techniques. 5. A-B-C-D-E: Breathing (and Failure to Breathe). 6. A?B?C?D?E: Circulation (and Circulatory Failure). 7. A?B?C?D?E: Acute Neurological Care (Disability). 8. A?B?C?D?E: Everything that Should Be Considered for Other Potential Problems. 9. Patient-centred Care, Team Working and Communication. Appendix 1: Acid?Base Balance and Arterial Blood Gases. Appendix 2: Oxygen Delivery Devices. Index.

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Sheila Adam is Head of Nursing, Specialist Hospitals Board, UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and author of Nursing in Critical Care: Science and Practice (now in its 2nd edition), The Oxford Handbook of Critical Care Nursing and Nutrition in the Critically Ill. Mandy Odell is Nurse Consultant in Critical Care, Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust, Nurse and Allied Health Professional representative for the Intensive Care Society and former Chair of the British Association of Critical Care Nurses. John Welch is Nurse Consultant in Critical Care, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, and former Chair of the National Outreach Forum.

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