Since the publication of the first edition of the Oxford Handbook of Critical Care Nursing there have been a number of significant changes in the management of the critically ill adult that have necessitated a review of that edition.
Therefore the second edition has been updated to reflect changes in critical care guidance for the management of a variety of conditions. Current guidance from organizations such as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, the British Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the Intensive Care Society has been included.
In addition to the updating of clinical guidance, the book has been restructured following extensive feedback on the previous edition. An emphasis has now been placed on nursing management, and the book is designed to help to facilitate systematic nursing assessment of the critically ill adult. New chapters focusing on changes in the delivery of critical care, systematic assessment, and end-of-life care have also been added.
It is hoped that readers will find the new structure easy to follow and helpful in clinical practice. The handbook aims to provide a quick, easy-to-follow overview of critical care nursing, and is not intended as a specialist text. Readers may need to refer to specialist critical care resources if further information is required.
It is our hope that the book will prove valuable to you in your everyday practice as a critical care nurse.