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The biological basis of clinical observations, William T. Blows

The biological basis of clinical observations
The biological basis of clinical observations
Statement of responsibility
William T. Blows
"Accurate clinical observations are key to good patient care and fundamental to nursing practice. A thorough understanding of the biological science underlying vital nursing observations such as taking the temperature or measuring the pulse enables nurses to make well-informed clinical decision quickly and accurately. To be fully competent in these basic skills, nurses need to understand not only how and why procedures are performed, but also how results are affected for example by variation in technique or the health status of the patient. This new edition integrates clear explanations of the techniques involved in these procedures with the biological knowledge which gives them meaning. For each topic, William T. Blows explains the pathological basis for variations in observed results, focusing on relevant anatomy and physiology, genetics and pharmacology and the basic principles of nursing care. This helpful text gives nurse practitioners at all levels the understanding needed to: Perform clinical observations accurately Make accurate judgements about the patient's condition Make accurate decisions concerning patient care. In addition to all-new chapters on observations of nutrition; fluid balance and hydration; drug overdose, side effects and interactions; skin and pain, the text looks at: Temperature Cardiovascular observations Respiratory observations Urinary observations Neurological observations The Biological Basis of Nursing: Clinical Observation is a unique text which integrates explanations of essential nursing procedures with the biological knowledge that underpins practice. It is essential reading for all students preparing for clinical practice in nursing"--Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
Dewey number
index present
LC call number
LC item number
.B576 2012
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
The biological basis of clinical observations, William T. Blows
Rev. ed. of: The biological basis of nursing : clinical observations / William T. Blows. 2001
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • Machine generated contents note: 1.Temperature -- Introduction -- Heat gain -- Heat movement and loss -- Heat regulation: gain versus loss -- Temperature scales and normal temperature variation -- Taking the body temperature in adults -- Taking the body temperature in children -- Abnormal high body temperatures -- Abnormal low body temperatures -- Thermal injury -- Key points -- References -- 2.Cardiovascular observations (I): the pulse and electrocardiogram (ECG) -- Introduction -- Blood physiology -- Heart physiology -- Observations of the pulse, apex beat, electrocardiogram and heart sounds -- The effects of cardiovascular drugs -- The pulse in children -- Key points -- References -- 3.Cardiovascular observations (II): blood pressure -- Introduction -- The physiology of blood pressure -- Observations of blood pressure -- Drugs affecting blood pressure -- Blood pressure in children -- Key points -- References -- 4.Respiratory observations -- Introduction --
  • Contents note continued: Respiratory physiology -- The neurophysiology of respiration -- Observations of breathing -- Childhood breathing -- Drugs affecting the respiratory system -- Key points -- References -- 5.Fluid balance -- Introduction -- Water in the body -- Water gain versus water loss -- Problems of water imbalance -- Electrolyte balance -- Key points -- References -- 6.Nutrition -- Introduction -- Proteins -- Fats -- Carbohydrates -- Vitamins -- Fibre -- Nutrition in the young and the elderly -- Disorders of nutrition -- Observations of the nutritional state -- Key points -- References -- 7.Elimination (I): urinary observations -- Introduction -- Urine formation -- Urinary observations -- Urinary volume -- Colour, smell and deposits -- Specific gravity -- Urinalysis -- When to test urine -- Key points -- References -- 8.Elimination (II): digestive observations -- Introduction -- Faeces -- The mechanism of defecation -- Disorders of faecal elimination --
  • Contents note continued: The mechanism of vomiting -- Observations regarding vomiting -- Drugs affecting vomiting -- Key points -- References -- 9.Skin -- Introduction -- The structure and function or skin -- Skin observations -- Skin trauma -- Important skin diseases -- Key points -- References -- 10.Neurological observations (I): consciousness -- Introduction -- The cerebral cortex -- Observations of consciousness -- Major causes of unconsciousness -- The anaesthetic drugs -- Key points -- References -- 11.Neurological observations (II): pain -- Introduction -- The nature and causes of pain -- Pain pathways -- The observation of pain -- Pain management -- Key points -- References -- 12.Neurological observations (III): eyes -- Introduction -- The basic neurology of the human eye -- Visual disturbance -- Basic eye observations -- Advanced visual neurobiology -- Advanced eye observations -- Key points -- References -- 13.Neurological observations (IV): movement -- Introduction --
  • Contents note continued: The neurology of human movement -- Movement observations -- Movement losses -- Movement excesses -- The immobile patient -- Key points -- References -- 14.Drug side effects, interactions and allergies -- Introduction -- Pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics -- Drug side effects -- Drug interactions -- Drug allergies -- Key points -- References
Control code
25 cm
2nd ed
xviii, 284 p.
Other physical details
System control number
  • (OCoLC)765487179
  • md27064670

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Melbourne Burwood CampusBorrow it
      221 Burwood Highway, Burwood, Victoria, 3125, AU
      -37.846510 145.115099
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