Children's High Dependency Nursing
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Children may require high dependency care for a variety of reasons, and this care is delivered ideally in a designated high dependency unit but sometimes on the general paediatric ward or even an adult ward as a temporary measure.  Children’s High Dependency Nursing is an invaluable resource for nurses delivering high dependency care to children, providing them with the knowledge required to deliver effective and high quality high dependency care

Children’s High Dependency Nursing explores all the key areas required for efficient nursing care, including what high dependency care is and how and where it should be delivered, clinical examination skills and the various clinical or body systems requiring support., caring for families when a child dies, and mental health and intellectual impairment.  With practical features throughout such as learning outcomes, case studies and activities, this is an indispensable guide for post-registration children’s nurses who provide high dependency care, and children’s nurses starting their career in intensive care


Andrea Cockett, RGN, RSCN, ENB 160 998, BSc (Hons) Child Health, PGCEA; Independent
Paediatric Nurse Consultant. Andrea has spent the majority of her career working with children with cardiac disease or in intensive care environments. For nine years she was a Lecturer in Child Health at King’s College London, holding the post of joint Head of Department until 2007.

Helen Day, RGN, RSCN, ENB 415, DipN, BSc (Hons) Child Health, MSc Nursing (Paediatric Advanced Nurse Practitioner); Head of Care, InVent Health Ltd. Helen’s career has been varied and she has worked in primary and secondary care settings for the NHS, independent and third
sector. After working mainly in a management and educational capacity in paediatric critical care, she is now a Consultant Nurse for
InVent Health Ltd, specializing in adults and children with complex needs. Her achievements include the development of one of the first
paediatric critical care outreach services and writing and presenting widely on the nature of nursing and advancing nursing practice in
critical care.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1 What is High Dependency Care? Helen Day and Andrea Cockett

Chapter 2 Clinical Assessment of Children Helen Day and Andrea Cockett

Chapter 3 Therapeutic Interventions for Children Requiring High Dependency Care Leanne E. Burns

Chapter 4 Respiratory Disease Andrea Cockett

Chapter 5 Cardiac Disease Andrea Cockett

Chapter 6 Neurology and Neurotrauma Helen Day and Andrea Cockett

Chapter 7 Gastrointestinal and Renal Systems Leanne E. Burns and Andrea Cockett

Chapter 8 The Immunocompromised Child Joan Walters

Chapter 9 Major Trauma and Burns Sheena Carson

Chapter 10 Technology Dependent Children and Complex Care Paula Kelly and Deborah Lynn

Chapter 11 Mental Health and Intellectual Impairment Louise L. Clark

Chapter 12 Neonatal Care Lynne Wainwright and Joyce Wood

Chapter 13 Pain Management Andrea Cockett

Chapter 14 Caring for a Family when a Child Dies Andrea Cockett