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Copyright by the author. Reprinted from Critical Care Nursing of Infants and Children, Martha A.Q. Curley and Patricia A. Moloney-Harmon (Editors), (Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co., 2001), 1,128 pages.

NOTE: At the time of publication, the author, Martha Curley was affiliated with the Children's Hospital of Boston. Currently, she is a faculty member in the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania.


This publication of the second edition of Critical Care Nursing of Infants and Children is another important milestone in the evolving development of pediatric critical care nursing. It often surprises students and colleagues when I discuss my experiences in the days "before pediatric intensive care units." They cannot conceive of a time when these specialized units, along with their highly technologic treatments, were not available to facilitate the care of critically ill children. During this "before" period, seriously ill children were cared for on regular hospital units with minimal technology. Staff nurses were often assigned to "special" the child, unless the family provided a private duty nurse. Sometimes a separate room was set aside for care of several seriously ill children so that one nurse could care for several children. The level of expertise of these staff and private duty nurses, however, was not adequate for the intensive care needs of critically ill children. Obviously children with serious health problems or children recovering from major surgery were at high risk of dying because adequate treatments and monitoring measures were not available.

Additional Files

front.pdf (6371 kB)
Front Matter, Contributors, Forward, Preface, Acknowledgements, and Contents

Chapter 1.pdf (8791 kB)
Chapter 1 - The Essence of Pediatric Critical Care Nursing

Chapter 2.pdf (16164 kB)
Chapter 2 - Caring Practices: Providing Developmentally Supportive Care

Chapter 3.pdf (12751 kB)
Chapter 3 - Caring Practices: The Impact of the Critical Care Experience on the Family

Chapter 4.pdf (7491 kB)
Chapter 4 - Leadership in Pediatric Critical Care

Chapter 5.pdf (11316 kB)
Chapter 5 - Facilitation of Learning

Chapter 6.pdf (13194 kB)
Chapter 6 - Advocacy and Moral Agency: A Road Map for Navigating Ethical Issues in Pediatric Critical Care

Chapter 7.pdf (57414 kB)
Chapter 7 - Tissue Perfusion

Chapter 8.pdf (39894 kB)
Chapter 8 - Oxygenation and Ventilation

Chapter 9.pdf (6642 kB)
Chapter 9 - Acid Base Balance

Chapter 10.pdf (22669 kB)
Chapter 10 - Intracranial Dynamics

Chapter 11.pdf (12564 kB)
Chapter 11 - Fluid and Electrolyte Regulation

Chapter 12.pdf (15971 kB)
Chapter 12 - Nutrition Support

Chapter 13.pdf (9665 kB)
Chapter 13 - Clinical Pharmacology

Chapter 14.pdf (9466 kB)
Chapter 14 - Thermal Regulation

Chapter 15.pdf (27989 kB)
Chapter 15 - Host Defenses

Chapter 16.pdf (18318 kB)
Chapter 16 - Skin Integrity

Chapter 17.pdf (16697 kB)
Chapter 17 - Caring Practices: Providing Comfort

Chapter 18.pdf (43672 kB)
Chapter 18 - Cardiovascular Critical Care Problems

Chapter 19.pdf (24195 kB)
Chapter 19 - Pulmonary Critical Care Problems

Chapter 20.pdf (19585 kB)
Chapter 20 - Neurologic Critical Care Problems

Chapter 21.pdf (17536 kB)
Chapter 21 - Renal Critical Care Problems

Chapter 22.pdf (22031 kB)
Chapter 22 - Gastrointestinal Critical Care Problems

Chapter 23.pdf (7901 kB)
Chapter 23 - Endocrine Critical Care Problems

Chapter 24.pdf (15497 kB)
Chapter 24 - Hematologic Critical Care Problems

Chapter 25.pdf (12105 kB)
Chapter 25 - Oncologic Critical Care Problems

Chapter 26.pdf (26662 kB)
Chapter 26 - Organ Transplantation

Chapter 27.pdf (13252 kB)
Chapter 27 - Shock

Chapter 28.pdf (17273 kB)
Chapter 28 - Trauma

Chapter 29.pdf (8736 kB)
Chapter 29 - Thermal Injury

Chapter 30.pdf (15235 kB)
Chapter 30 - Toxic Ingestions

Chapter 31.pdf (14067 kB)
Chapter 31 - Resuscitation and Transport of Infants and Children

back.pdf (28326 kB)
Appendices and Index



Date Posted: 06 May 2008