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Breast surgery

Dion Smyth.

in Oxford Handbook of Surgical Nursing

May 2016; p ublished online May 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Nursing Skills; Surgery. 7276 words.

Breast surgery is usually the principal and primary treatment of malignant diseases of the breast. It may now sometimes follow neo-adjuvant therapies, such as chemotherapy or radiotherapy,...

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Burns and plastic surgery

Jane Leaver.

in Oxford Handbook of Surgical Nursing

May 2016; p ublished online May 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Nursing Skills; Surgery. 9505 words.

A burn is a thermal insult to the skin and underlying tissue. A good understanding of the physiology of burns is essential to effectively manage the burn patient’s care, in order to...

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Cardiac surgery

Maria Kisiel and Alison Smith.

in Oxford Handbook of Surgical Nursing

May 2016; p ublished online May 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Nursing Skills; Surgery. 5610 words.

Coronary heart disease is caused by the build-up of atherosclerotic plaques which, over time, narrow the lumen of the coronary arteries. Acute coronary syndrome describes a spectrum of...

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Colorectal and lower gastrointestinal surgery

Maddie White.

in Oxford Handbook of Surgical Nursing

May 2016; p ublished online May 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Nursing Skills; Surgery. 5322 words.

The lower gastrointestinal tract includes most of the small intestine and all of the large intestine. The patient presenting with an acute abdomen may have a bowel obstruction which could...

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Gynaecological surgery

Ruth Capewell, Kirsty Cottrell, Suzanne Hammond, Suzanne Harrington, Louise Jennings and Anna Rudkin.

in Oxford Handbook of Surgical Nursing

May 2016; p ublished online May 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Nursing Skills; Surgery. 5691 words.

Patients requiring gynaecology surgery require significant assessment and preparation prior to surgery. Gynaecology surgery covers both benign and neoplastic conditions. This chapter sets...

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Infection: prevention, control, and treatment

Debra Adams and Anna Casey.

in Oxford Handbook of Surgical Nursing

May 2016; p ublished online May 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Nursing Skills; Surgery. 11828 words.

Infection prevention, control, and treatment are vital elements of all healthcare environments. The nurse should have a good working knowledge of policies and procedures to ensure patients...

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Intra-operative care

Mark Radford.

in Oxford Handbook of Surgical Nursing

May 2016; p ublished online May 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Nursing Skills; Surgery. 4790 words.

The intraoperative period is a complex and challenging environment where specific nursing skills are developed through further training. A requirement of the surgical nurse is to understand...

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Introduction to the surgical patient

Aaron Kisiel, Maria Kisiel and Alison Smith.

in Oxford Handbook of Surgical Nursing

May 2016; p ublished online May 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Nursing Skills; Surgery. 6346 words.

The surgical patient undergoes operative procedures to remove or replace diseased organs/tissue. Specific aspects of the surgical patient’s care are different to those of a medical...

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Managing the surgical ward

Ann-Marie Cannaby.

in Oxford Handbook of Surgical Nursing

May 2016; p ublished online May 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Nursing Skills; Surgery. 6556 words.

Leading a clinical care environment is both a rewarding and challenging role that requires clinical expertise, experience, and leadership capability. A ward leader is required to understand...

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Neurological and spinal surgery

Kim Harley and Sue Jones.

in Oxford Handbook of Surgical Nursing

May 2016; p ublished online May 2016 .

Chapter. Subjects: Nursing Skills; Surgery. 9241 words.

Neurological assessment is performed on admission for surgery, as a routine part of medical examination. This is done to diagnose whether symptoms of illness in the patient are due to...

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