Nursing in Critical Care Setting

An Overview from Basic to Sensitive Outcomes

  • Irene Comisso
  • Alberto Lucchini
  • Stefano Bambi
  • Gian Domenico Giusti
  • Matteo Manici

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Assessment and Monitoring in ICU

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Matteo Manici, Claudio Torbinio
      Pages 3-24
    3. Gian Domenico Giusti, Giovanni Mistraletti
      Pages 25-57
    4. Alberto Lucchini, Christian De Felippis, Stefano Bambi
      Pages 59-105
    5. Irene Comisso, Alberto Lucchini
      Pages 107-136
    6. Gian Domenico Giusti, Angela Peghetti, Irene Comisso, Stefano Bambi
      Pages 137-153
  3. Basic Care in ICU

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 155-155
    2. Gian Domenico Giusti, Irene Comisso, Alberto Lucchini
      Pages 177-201
    3. Irene Comisso, Stefano Bambi
      Pages 237-241
  4. Care Quality Measurement: From Performance Indicators to Nursing Sensitive Outcomes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Irene Comisso, Alberto Lucchini
      Pages 279-304
    3. Irene Comisso, Alberto Lucchini
      Pages 305-316
    4. Matteo Manici, Giacomo Alemanno, Magherita I. Nuzzaco
      Pages 317-333
    5. Irene Comisso, Stefano Bambi
      Pages 375-407
    6. Matteo Manici, Francesca Ghillani
      Pages 409-442
  5. Future Perspectives in Intensive Care Nursing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 443-443
    2. Matteo Manici, Alessandra Negro, Stefano Bambi
      Pages 445-464
    3. Alberto Lucchini, Michele Pirovano, Christian De Felippis, Irene Comisso
      Pages 465-488
    4. Stefano Bambi
      Pages 489-524
  6. Matteo Manici, Giacomo Alemanno, Margherita I. Nuzzaco
    Pages E1-E1

About this book


This book provides essential insights into how the approach to nursing care in ICU patients has markedly changed over recent years. It shows how the focus has progressively moved away from the technical approach that characterized early ICUs to a wider personalization of patient care that also highlights general problems such as basic hygiene and general comfort. It also demonstrates that, at the same time, the nurses' role has become more professionalized, with increasing competences in assessing and managing patients' problems and measuring related outcomes. It is structured in four units: Unit 1 presents the essential elements of accurate vital-function and basic-needs assessments for ICU patients, using both instrumental monitoring and specially validated assessment tools. Unit 2 addresses basic care in ICU patients, particularly hygiene and mobilization, reflecting recent developments in nursing that focus on the importance of these activities. Unit 3 highlights the main nursing outcomes in ICU patients, particularly focusing on risk prevention and complication management. Lastly, Unit 4 discusses advances in ICU nursing, from clinical, organizational and research perspectives.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Irene Comisso
    • 1
  • Alberto Lucchini
    • 2
  • Stefano Bambi
    • 3
  • Gian Domenico Giusti
    • 4
  • Matteo Manici
    • 5
  1. 1.University Anesthesia and Intensive Care Unit, University Hospital S. Maria della MisericordiaUdineItaly
  2. 2.General Intensive Care Unit - San Gerardo Hospital – ASST Monza, University of Milano-BicoccaMilanItaly
  3. 3.Emergency and Trauma ICU, University Hospital CareggiFlorenceItaly
  4. 4.Intensive Care Unit, University Hospital of PerugiaPerugiaItaly
  5. 5.Anesthesia, Intensive Care and Hub Pain Service, University Hospital of ParmaParmaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-50558-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-50559-6
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