This guide provides succinct, on-the-spot guidance for caring for patients with complex medical-surgical conditions! Rely on this handy guide for focused assessments, immediate interventions, and follow-up care for patients who develop complications - all presented from the nurse's point of view.The completely revised and updated 2nd Edition features an enhanced tab structure, assessment how-to's, delegation and critical thinking guides, expanded coverage of pain management and emergencies, and more lab and diagnostic tests. Flowsheets provide space for recording frequent vital signs, serial lab values, stat meds, and interventions.From setting up an oxygen delivery system in a hospital room to administering stat meds, this handy, pocket-sized resource helps nurses to deliver high-quality care.The features new to this book include: Tabs for Renal and Endocrine; Emergency Tab; Infections Tab; Labs folded into Meds Tab; Updated CPR guidelines, including new coverage of "What happens during a code?" and "What's the med-surg nurse's role?"; Nursing Assessment how-to's begin each systems tab.It provides a framework for thinking in urgent situations. It covers advanced nursing procedures and concepts associated with 65 urgent clinical situations. It uses a systems approach and is organized by symptom and medical diagnosis. It includes an A & P Snapshot of the associated system in each section - 12 in all. Each clinical situation includes a focused assessment tool. It offers guidelines for delegation and documentation. It reviews IV therapy, including indications for crystalloids, colloids, or blood products administration. It is HIPAA and OSHA compliant - helps to write directly on the pages to temporarily record clinical data and then wipe them clean with alcohol.