Vital Signs for Nurses: An Introduction to Clinical Observations

Vital Signs for Nurses: An Introduction to Clinical Observations

by Joyce Smith, Rachel Roberts

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Accurate clinical observations are the key to good patient care and fundamental to nursing practice. Vital Signs for Nurses will support anyone in care delivery to enhance their skills, reflect upon their own practice and assist in their continuing professional development. This practical introductory text explores how to make assessments of heart rate, blood pressure, temperature, pain and nutrition. It also looks at issues of infection control, record-keeping and legal and ethical considerations. With case studies and examples throughout, this text will be invaluable to all healthcare assistants, student nurses, Trainee Assistant Practitioners and students on foundation degrees.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781444341874
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 05/03/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 280
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Joyce Smith is Lecturer in Adult Nursing at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Salford.

Rachel Roberts is Matron in Medicine and Elderly at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction xi

1 Legal and Ethical Principles 1
Joyce Smith

2 Infection Prevention 20
Rachel Roberts

3 The Respiratory System 49
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4 The Cardiovascular System 61
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5 Temperature 82
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6 Urine Output 96
Rachel Roberts

7 Pain: The Fifth Vital Sign 115
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8 Early Warning Scoring Tools 138
Joyce Smith

9 Communication 156
Rachel Roberts

10 Nutrition 167
Rachel Roberts

11 Blood Glucose Monitoring 187
Joyce Smith

12 Record Keeping 205
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13 Continuing Professional Development 214
Joyce Smith

14 Reflective Practice 222
Rachel Roberts

15 Conclusion and Multiple Choice Questions 231
Joyce Smith

Glossary of Terms 237

Answers to Practice Points and Multiple Choice Questions 245

Index 263

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