Written by emergency nurses for emergency nurses, this comprehensive "Bible" presents both basic information for students and detailed information for practicing emergency nurses. New developments and changes in clinical practice have been incorporated throughout, including updated information on cardiac drugs, tissue adhesives, epidemiological statistics, and application of stents. A new chapter on Weapons of Mass Destruction helps prepare nurses for any possible acts of terrorism. Coverage has been expanded on EMTALA regulations and the HCFA, triage, wound cleaning, and wound management of pediatric patients. Written by 51 contributors from rural, suburban, and urban areas and representing a broad range of clinical positions: staff nurses, clinical specialists, nurse managers, and nursing instructors. Chapters grouped into six sections for easy access to important content: Foundations, Professional Practice, Clinical Foundations, Trauma, Med-Surg, and Special Populations. Tables and boxes highlight and summarize critical and essential information; over 500 illustrations help the nurse quickly identify and treat frequently encountered conditions. Overview of anatomy and physiology for each clinical chapter facilitates understanding of clinical material and provides basis for patient assessment. A separate unit on special patient populations covers topics such as child abuse, elder abuse, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, substance abuse and behavioral/pediatric/obstetrical emergencies. Highlights priority nursing diagnoses to help nurses focus on the most serious problems.Emergency Nurses Association Staff is the author of 'Sheehy's Emergency Nursing Principles and Practice', published 2002 under ISBN 9780323016841 and ISBN 0323016847.