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
- 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!