AACN Procedure Manual for Critical Care offers comprehensive coverage of procedures unique to the critical care environment. This edition is thoroughly revised, updated, and expanded to reflect the current state of critical care nursing practice. Information is presented in a highly illustrated step-by-step format with supporting rationales for each step of every procedure. This resource also emphasizes evidence-based practice and provides complete coverage of the latest clinical studies. Each procedure is organized in a consistent, step-by-step format with categories that include: prerequisite nursing knowledge, equipment, patient and family education, patient assessment and preparation, procedure, expected outcomes, unexpected outcomes, patient monitoring and care, and documentation. Each procedure is supported by research-based data. Advanced practice procedures are noted with a special AP icon indicating that these procedures should be done only by qualified personnel. 19 new procedures discuss topics such as combitube insertion and removal, transesophageal echocardiography, and patient controlled analgesia. A new Quick Tips feature - located in the Special Considerations column for quick reference - highlights key words and key concepts for each procedure. A new web-enhanced feature at the beginning and end of each procedure directs readers to online supplement materials such as additional art and photographs. Web links connect users to hundreds of continually updated web sites that contain information relevant to critical care nursing practice. 200 new line drawings clearly illustrate important techniques and bring key procedures to life.