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The acute and critical care nurse practitioner's essential case-based guide to developing differential diagnoses Acute & Critical Care Nurse Practitioner: Cases in Diagnostic Reasoning presents a wide range of acute and critical care patient cases focusing on diagnosis and management. This authoritative book is designed to help nurse practitioners and students learn how to develop an accurate differential diagnosis and management plan using diagnostic reasoning. The cases highlight a comprehensive variety of system-based patient conditions and diseases in acute and critical care settings and are written by expert nurse practitioners who methodically demonstrate their diagnostic reasoning process. Readers are guided through the process of constructing a differential diagnosis using information from the chief complaint, history of present illness, past medical history, review of systems, physical examination findings, and selected diagnostic results. Through reconstructing the course of real-life clinical cases, the authors "think out loud" and reveal how they identify pertinent positives and significant negatives to support or refute items on their differential diagnosis list, and how they further refine potential diagnoses as additional patient information and laboratory and diagnostic exam results are introduced. Along with pertinent case information, authors include case analysis questions and salient discussion points that enable learners to actively participate in both inductive and deductive reasoning to work toward a correct diagnosis. The first of its kind, Acute & Critical Care Nurse Practitioner: Cases in Diagnostic Reasoning is an essential and key learning and teaching resource for students, clinicians, and clinical faculty to master the art of diagnostic reasoning. Includes 71 cases based on real-life clinical scenarios Teaches how to develop and sharpen diagnostic reasoning skills Written by experienced expert nurse practitioners working in acute & critical care settings Cases can be used to support course work, certification review, and job training Endorsed by the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
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