This unique book provides comprehensive information on hemodynamic monitoring written in a style and depth that will appeal to nurses. It covers the latest technologies available to measure cardiac output and the latest approach to goal-directed therapy. Readers will gain a sound foundation of knowledge and understanding in the context of current evidence-based thinking.The book starts with an in-depth review of relevant cardiovascular physiology, followed by individual chapters covering: the principles of biomedical signals and how to obtain accurate data from your monitor; pressure and flow monitoring and measurements of the left and right side of the heart (including derived variables), with a critique of the current perceived value in clinical practice; and, a thorough review of the current technologies available to measure hemodynamic variables including a critique of each goal-directed therapy in the elective surgical and the septic ICU patient. Using a tutorial style, the book develops the subject in an easy to understand way. It will tell you what the hemodynamic information is telling you physiologically and what it is not, enabling you to improve daily nursing practice.
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