Table of Contents

Pre-operative assessment and preparation / Curie Scott, Fiona J. McArthur-Rouse, Jane McLean.
The peri-operative phase / Luke Ewart and Sandra Huntington.
Post-operative recovery / Sylvia Prosser and Fiona J. McArthur-Rouse.
Post-operative pain management / Jane McLean, Sandra Huntington, Fiona J. McArthur-Rouse.
Psychosocial aspects of surgery / Fiona J. McArthur-Rouse and Tim Collins.
Head and neck surgery / Tracey Sharpe and Carma Harnett.
Vascular surgery / Ann M. Price.
Upper gastrointestinal surgery / Ian Felstead.
Surgery of the lower gastrointestinal tract / Ian Felstead.
Urological surgery / Ian Felstead and Jane McLean.
Women's health / Fiona J. McArthur-Rouse.
Orthopaedic surgery / Ann Newman.
Identifying and managing life-threatening situations / Tim Collins and Catherine I. Plowright. Assessing and managing the acutely ill adult surgical patient focuses on major surgical conditions and interventions commonly encountered in District General Hospitals which potentially require intensive monitoring and intervention. It emphasizes the importance of thorough assessment and interpretation of clinical data, and provides the necessary knowledge to help nurses make sense of their findings and to integrate theory and practice in relation to surgical care. Part one addresses principles of surgical care for all patients undergoing surgery.
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