AACN Protocols for Practice: Care of Mechanically Ventilated Patients is a comprehensive manual of care for mechanically ventilated patients, from general airway management, modes of ventilation, and nutritional support to sedation and neuromuscular blockade. The chapters are unique in the way they present case studies with discussion of the case and highlighting further requirements for patient care that should be considered. The book also provides protocols on how to best provide care, and ethical considerations for each chapter with a substantial literature review. The many diagrams and pictures of equipment are helpful in explaining patient care delivery.
Six chapters cover general airway management, invasive and noninvasive methods of mechanical ventilation, weaning from mechanical ventilation, home care with mechanical ventilation, nutritional support, and sedation and neuromuscular blockade. Each chapter is well thought out, starting with a case summary followed by a general discussion of the topic.
"The quality and quantity of the information in this book is very good. The book includes some significant studies that have improved ventilator management and methods to assess readiness for weaning and extubation that should be incorporated into practice."
-- David A Thompson, DNSc, MS, RN (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine) Doody's Review
This title is written primarily for critical care nurses, but because the research is from both medicine and nursing, it could serve as a guide for allied healthcare and medical practitioners as well. The information, presented by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, could be used by any provider who has to manage airways in inpatient and long-term care settings as well as the ICU.