COVID-19: A Critical Care Textbook

Author: Carter and Notter, PhD, MSc, RN
Publisher: Elsevier
Date Published: 10/29/2021
Pages: 272
Cover Type: Soft Cover
Expiration Date: 12/31/2025


G.B., RN, Georgia

Textbook: Well laid out. Short complete chapters packed with lots of information without being boring or overwhelming. The book is well organized. Short chapters made it easy to stop and start. Tables were small (boxes) and the blue/white was sometimes difficult to see.

Test: Test was fair and straightforward. It hit all of the highlights from the chapter. Especially chapter 14 (the critically ill obstetric patient). I had no idea about any of that.

“Great program. The history of COVID was simple (much better than the news) and explained well as far as transmission. I was in critical care for many years, that section was so well explained and right on target. The section about vent management was excellent. I had no idea about pregnant COVID patients and learned a lot. So glad that was its own chapter. This course answered lots of questions about COVID-19 and helped to distinguish media confusion from actual facts.

S.B., RN, California 

Textbook: Well done with a nursing orientation. Format very well organized. Size of book required a small font, which was sometimes difficult to see. Some of the abbreviations were similar to one another and could cause confusion. Some authors were better than others with framing specific questions.

Test: Seems to be an effort to cover the relevant facts needed by nurses.

Anything Else: Course self-explanatory and internally consistent. The emphasis on international concerns might be emphasized.

J.B., RN, Massachusetts

Textbook: Content organized well. Some figures and tables were light in print.

Test: Test followed nicely with the textbook.

Anything Else: Highly recommend! The COVID-19 pandemic was an unprecedented time to be working in all roles of healthcare. The authors' discussion takes the reader through the entire spectrum of the pandemic. Particularly like the discussions of the role of the critical care nurse in public health emergencies, the assessment of the critically ill patient, and the interventions needed to care for these patients. The author’s recognition that nursing is both physically and emotionally demanding cannot be overstated, especially during the height of the pandemic. Provides a good framework of reference for caring for the critically ill COVID19 population.

M.D., RN, Florida

Textbook: It was very comprehensive. Some of the first chapters were new to me with later chapters being a review. Really enjoyed the microbiology info. Content was great. I liked knowing the pandemic was pretty much the same in another country.

Test: I thought a few questions were difficult, but I guess that is how we learn.

Anything Else: It was so informative. I wish I knew it 2 years ago. I worked in PACU during the pandemic. I don’t know if anyone else had this problem. We chart in the computer in a completely different program. I called MS ICU and asked if anyone could help us with the program when we had ICU patients in PACU. They were too busy proning patients. Finally, we found someone in education. That really bothered me. 

V.S., RN, California

Textbook: The book is full of clinically useful information to aid the nurse in the COVID-19 setting. Despite being written with a UK-specific setting, it still allows the reader to compare/contrast and eventually apply the information and lessons in their own practice wherever they may be. 

Test: The test effectively assesses the relevant content in the textbook.

Anything Else: The book is a helpful tool for the nurse who finds themselves caring for patients in a rapidly changing clinical setting. In this instance, the book is specific to the COVID-19 pandemic’s particular challenges. Timely, and despite the UK setting, still applicable to any practitioner outside of the UK and to any future rapidly-changing pandemic scenarios.

M.T., RN, California

Textbook: Textbook is well-written and demonstrates diligent research. Topic is extremely relevant.

Test: Test shows sufficient challenge questions balanced so as not too easy or intimidating.

W.W., RN, Texas

Textbook: Though this textbook was written when vaccination programs were in progress, the material addressed “will be relevant and transferrable to other infectious disease outbreaks.” Just note the mutations and variations in COVID-19 and its impact on healthcare provision. Good use of tables, figures, diagrams, case studies, self-test questions, and references to support information shared. A great resource. I found the role of the critical care nurse in chapter 2 enlightening and informative. I actually felt that chapter 2 was a significant chapter in the text.

Test: Good overall review of the material discussed in the textbook. Good use of tables, figures, and diagrams in questions asked. Good use of the “match” questions asked.

Anything Else: Professor Mark Radford said it well in his forward to this text that “it is inevitable that future pandemics will occur and it is essential that we share the lessons learned to build resilience, knowledge, and expertise that will ultimately save lives." This is an excellent resource that should be critical reading for any healthcare worker involved in pandemic management of critical care patients. The themes in this text will be relevant and transferrable to other infectious disease outbreaks. This textbook is based on experiences of frontline nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is much we can learn from their shared experiences. 

B.W., RN, Alaska

Textbook: Excellent book. Extremely timely and up-to-date as possible. Definitely recommend this to other nurses. Valuable reference.

Test: Liked the more complex questions, matching definitions with subject matter or choosing multiple correct answers.

Anything Else: Very detailed information and instruction on complex issues and procedures.

  • Cover image
  • Title page
  • Table of Contents
  • Copyright
  • Foreword
  • List of contributors
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1. Pathophysiology of SARS-CoV-2
  • Introduction to virology
  • Coronaviruses in general
  • SARS-CoV-2
  • Route of infection
  • Transmission
  • Detection
  • Summary
  • Chapter 2. Public health emergencies
  • Introduction
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 3. Critical care nurse leadership
  • Leadership in critical care
  • Changing models in critical care nursing
  • Non-technical skills
  • Situational awareness
  • Communication
  • Decision-making
  • Teamwork
  • Task management
  • Professional accountability, delegation, and responsibility during COVID-19
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 4. Reorganization of critical care services
  • Critical care before the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Responding to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • The role of the critical care nurse and redeployed staff
  • COVID-19
  • Personal protective equipment
  • Delivery of critical care
  • Leadership
  • Policies and practice
  • Summary
  • Chapter 5. COVID-19 perspectives in low- and low–middle-income countries
  • Introduction
  • Critical care service delivery
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 6. Assessment of the critically ill patient
  • Planning for an assessment
  • Assessment of the deteriorating ward patient
  • Assessment of the critically ill patient
  • Respiratory assessment (airway and breathing)
  • Cardiovascular assessment
  • Neurological assessment (disability)
  • Exposure and essential care
  • Chapter 7. Non-invasive ventilation and high-flow nasal oxygen in COVID-19
  • Continuous positive airway pressure
  • Bilevel positive airway pressure
  • HFNO
  • Nursing considerations for patients requiring NIV, HFNO and CPAP
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 8. Invasive ventilation in COVID-19
  • Invasive ventilation
  • Volume control and pressure control
  • Assembly of the ventilator
  • Care of a patient requiring invasive ventilation
  • Ventilator-associated pneumonia
  • Humidification
  • Improving oxygenation in COVID-19 patients
  • Early mobilization of mechanically ventilated patients
  • Weaning from invasive ventilation
  • Nursing care of a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patient with a tracheostomy
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 9. Acute respiratory distress syndrome and the prone position in COVID-19
  • Respiratory failure
  • Considerations for resource-limited environments
  • Prone position
  • Conscious prone position
  • Turning a conscious patient into the prone position
  • De-proning
  • Prone position (unconscious)
  • Turning a patient into the prone position
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 10. Haemodynamic assessment, monitoring and management
  • Patient assessment
  • Electrocardiogram
  • Interpreting cardiac rhythms
  • Heart sounds
  • Transducing
  • Invasive blood pressure monitoring
  • Central venous pressure
  • Neurovascular observations
  • Central and peripheral capillary refill
  • Skin integrity, colour and temperature
  • Oedema
  • Temperature
  • Checking for signs of DVT
  • Advanced haemodynamic monitoring
  • Pump up the pressure: fluid versus vasopressors
  • Vasopressor therapy
  • Double pumping
  • Sepsis and shock due to COVID-19
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 11. Acute kidney injury
  • Anatomy and physiology of renal function and fluid balance
  • Classification of AKI
  • Prerenal
  • Intrarenal
  • Post-renal
  • Guidelines for practice
  • Nursing practice
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 12. Neurological care, sedation and pain management
  • Neurological assessment
  • Sedation
  • Neuromuscular blockade
  • Pain assessment
  • Non-pharmacological approaches
  • Pharmacological approaches
  • Delirium
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 13. Resuscitation in COVID-19
  • Introduction
  • Advanced care planning
  • Professional and patient safety
  • Recognition of the deteriorating patient
  • Recognition of cardiac arrest
  • Calling for help
  • Assessment of rhythm
  • Non-shockable rhythms
  • Shockable rhythms
  • Defibrillation
  • Chest compressions
  • Vascular access
  • Drugs
  • Airway management
  • Reversible causes and aetiology
  • Communication
  • Termination of attempt
  • Post-resuscitative care
  • Equipment
  • Debriefing
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 14. Care of the critically ill obstetric patient
  • Introduction
  • Conclusion and recommendations
  • Chapter 15. Providing end-of-life care during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • End-of-life care in the era of COVID-19
  • Communication
  • Withdrawal of treatment
  • Withdrawing versus withholding
  • Grief and loss
  • Heart fingerprint project
  • Staff health and well-being
  • Conclusion
  • Appendix 1. Case studies and self-test questions
  • Appendix 2. Glossary of terms and blood tests
  • Index

CCRNs: This course is eligible for new synergy model Category A.

The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the reality that nurses in a variety of settings need to understand the basic steps in caring for a person who is rapidly becoming critically ill. Carter and Notter write with this premise in COVID-19: A Critical Care Textbook. It is a text for critical care nurses and for all nurses to better understand how to provide safe care to a deteriorating Covid patient

Written by nurses for nurses, the text addresses patient assessment, non-invasive ventilation, use of high-flow nasal oxygenation and renal care, the challenges of resuscitation, leadership and responding to a public health emergency, and effective personal protection and hygiene practices.

Covid-19: Critical Care Textbook has been written by experts with frontline experience of working in hospitals during the pandemic and will remain relevant for those responding to future infectious disease outbreaks or waves of COVID-19.

Note: This is a British text with British spelling.

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