The Complete Recovery Room Book

Paperback | March 27, 2014

byAnthea Hatfield

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The care that a patient receives in the first hours after surgery is crucial to minimizing the risk of complications such as heart attacks, pneumonia, and blood clots. As the patient awakes from their drug-induced coma, it takes time for them to metabolize and excrete these drugs, during whichperiod they remain unable to care for themselves, and at increased risk of harm. The recovery room staff must manage both comatose and physiologically unstable patients, and deal with the immediate post-operative care of surgical patients. The fifth edition of this popular book provides nurses, surgeons and anaesthetists with clear guidance on how to manage day-to-day problems and how to make difficult decisions. Previous editions of this book have established it as the definitive guide to setting-up, equipping, staffing, andadministering an acute care unit. It includes basic science such as physiology and pharmacology, specific symptoms including pain and vomiting, and has chapters devoted to the unique post-operative needs of individual types of surgery. This new edition brings this important text up to date and new drugs and techniques for monitoring are described. A new section looks ahead to the future development and design of recovery rooms and how they can contribute to patient well being.

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The care that a patient receives in the first hours after surgery is crucial to minimizing the risk of complications such as heart attacks, pneumonia, and blood clots. As the patient awakes from their drug-induced coma, it takes time for them to metabolize and excrete these drugs, during whichperiod they remain unable to care for thems...

Dr Hatfield is an anaesthetist with an interest in operating theatre safety and the outcomes for patients at their most vulnerable time, directly after they have been anaesthetised and are in the recovery room. She is works at Wairarapa Hospital in Masterton, New Zealand.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:592 pagesPublished:March 27, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199666040

ISBN - 13:9780199666041

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Table of Contents

1. Recovery room routines2. Recovery room procedures3. Design of recovery room4. Monitoring and equipment5. Pain6. Postoperative pain7. Analgesics8. Postoperative nausea and vomiting9. Regional analgesia10. Special problems11. Pharmacology12. Mothers and babies13. Paediatrics14. The elderly patient15. Respiratory physiology16. The respiratory system17. Cardiovascular physiology18. Cardiovascular disease19. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation20. Shock21. Crisis management22. The kidney23. Fluid balance24. Metabolism25. Chronic disorders26. The bleeding patient27. Surgical issues28. Infection control29. Working with people30. Working with factsAppendix 1: Trolley set-upsAppendix 2: InfusionsAppendix 3: Useful dataGlossaryAbbreviations

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"Essential reading for healthcare professionals involved in post-operative care" --Nursing Standard