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Clinical Assessment and Monitoring in Children

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352 pages
Assessment and monitoring are fundamental aspects of the care of the acutely ill child, especially in high dependency areas and critical care units. Clinical Assessment and Monitoring in Children is a practical, introductory guide which provides detailed information on assessment and monitoring techniques, including physical assessment, physiological monitoring and an appraisal of additional assessment tools to enable practitioners to develop effective skills.

The book adopts a physical systems approach, discusses assessment strategies and tools (starting with the least invasive and moving to the more complex) and examines how to analyse and apply the information to provide ongoing care. Each chapter explores physical assessment and examination whilst maintaining the focus on the child and the family.

Clinical Assessment and Monitoring in Children assumes no prior knowledge, and provides the knowledge and skills needed to underpin decision-making and provide effective evidence-based care. This is an invaluable resource for all health care practitioners involved in caring for children.

Key Features:

• Explores assessment and monitoring of children from 0 – 16 years
• Draws upon National Service Frameworks and clinical practice guidelines
• Adopts a system by system approach
• Provides knowledge and skills needed to underpin decision-making and provide effective evidence-based care
• Includes hints on trouble-shooting and gaining the child and family’s co-operation
• Includes case studies and suggested further reading

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Contents
Preface iv Acknowledgements v 1 Introduction 1 2 Respiratory Assessment 13 3 Respiratory Monitoring 42 4 Cardiovascular Assessment 79 5 Cardiovascular Monitoring and Haemodynamics 103 6 Neurological Assessment 134 7 Acute Neurological Assessment and Monitoring 166 8 The Gastrointestinal System and Abdomen 191 9 Nutrition 204 10 Fluid and Electrolytes 231 11 The Head and Neck 250
12 The Musculoskeletal System 280 13 Temperature Monitoring 296 14 Comfort and Hygiene 311 Index 339
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