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Fast Facts for Critical Care. Not Just For Critical Care!

Nov 15, 2013 | Resources | 0 comments

One of my favorite clinical tools and resources is Kathy White’s Fast Facts for Critical Care.

It is a hardcover small notebook that includes

  • Have fast access to the most current information on critical conditions, risk factors, targeted assessment, pathophysiology, recommended treatment, and what to expect
  • Have ready access to Infusion tables, ECG Analysis, Pacing procedures, and critical facts on over 80 emergency medications.

What’s in the 2013 Edition of Fast Facts For Critical Care®

  • The most recent (2013) Guideline for Sepsis & Septic Shock
  • The new Guideline (2013) for Insulin and Glycemic Control
  • The most recent (2012) Guideline for Pulmonary Embolism
  • The most recent (2012) AHA/ACCP Guideline for Anticoagulation
  • The most recent (2010) BLS and ACLS Standards
  • The most recent (2010) Guideline for STEMI
  • The most recent (2010) Guideline for Therapeutic Hypothermia following Cardiac Arrest
  • The most recent (2010) Guideline for UA/NSTEMI, High Risk NSTEMI
  • The most recent (2010) Guideline for Ischemic Stroke
  • The most recent (2010) Guideline for Acute Heart Failure
  • The most recent (2009) Guideline for Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
  • Over 80 “STAT Meds,” offering critical information based on the “prescribing information” obtained from the manufacturer of each medication
  • 41 Infusion Tables, with details on how to mix and dose-titrate specific infusions
  • Essential information on over 16 classes of critical care drugs, from ACE inhibitors to Warfarin
  • ECG monitoring, 12-lead analysis, the characteristics and waveforms of 30 dysrhythmias, understanding axis deviation, how to do ST-segment monitoring
  • Assessing and treating Hemodynamic Crisis: Cardiogenic Shock, Hemorrhagic Shock, Septic Shock
  • Ensuring safety and accuracy in hemodynamic monitoring techniques: Arterial Pressure, Central Venous Pressure, PA Pressures, and the newest technology: Noninvasive Cardiac Output.
  • Guidelines for neurologic critical care: AANN Guidelines for ICP Monitoring, therapeutic approach to unrelenting seizures, monitoring Brain PO2, managing intracerebral hemorrhage
  • Initiating Emergency Cardiac Pacing: a Step-by-Step Pictorial of the Pacer and the Lead Connections.
  • Guidelines on the Prevention of VAP (Ventilator Associated Pneumonia)
  • Critical care of respiratory failure, renal failure, electrolyte Imbalance, CRRT, and endocrine crisis
  • Laboratory values (expressed in conventional units, as well as Systeme Internationale Units), Blood Component Therapy, Fluid and Transfusion Hazards.
  • Guidelines for the critical management of the Organ Donor.
  • A total of 206 illustrations and drip tables, all in color.

Clinical Areas I Think This Tool is Great For: 

  • All inpatient clinical areas
  • Outpatient clinics
  • Flight nurses
  • Paramedics and EMTs
  • Educators
  • Utilization Review
  • Nurses Chart Reviewers, including Insurance Review, Medicare Review and Legal Nurse Consultants

Why I like it…

  • It has pathophysiology information and pictures
  • It has infusion tables for cardiology and critical care medications
  • It can be used for any clinical area even if you are not in ICU, ER or Flights
  • The book is small enough to carry with you to work, or even in a scrubs leg pocket
  • The 2013 version is now available for IPhone, Kindle and Nook tablets!

Where to get it:

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