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Ch 14: Critical Care Nursing for the Liver & Kidneys

About This Chapter

This skills and training chapter covers critical care nursing topics pertaining to the liver and kidneys. You'll find engaging lessons and quizzes that can boost your nursing knowledge for training, skill development and continuing education.

Critical Care Nursing for the Liver & Kidneys - Chapter Summary

This comprehensive chapter explores diseases that affect the liver and kidneys. As you progress through this series of simple lessons, you'll outline the causes, symptoms and treatments for a variety of liver and kidney ailments, such as pyelonephritis, cholangitis and calciphylaxis.

The lessons highlight important definitions and explain liver and kidney concepts in a way that's easy to understand and remember. You can solidify your knowledge by taking the accompanying self-assessment quizzes. Our instructors are available to answer your questions, and you can access the chapter on any device that has an Internet connection.

How It Helps

If you're an aspiring healthcare worker or current medical professional, you can use these lessons to strengthen your understanding of critical care nursing concepts related to the liver and kidneys. The chapter can also be used alongside training and continuing education resources.

Skills Covered

By the end of this chapter, you'll be able to:

  • Evaluate the causes, symptoms and treatment for pyelonephritis
  • Assess pyelonephritis treatments during pregnancy
  • Compare cystitis and pyelonephritis
  • Understand the symptoms and treatments for emphysematous pyelonephritis, cholangitis, calciphylaxis and proteus mirabilis infections
  • Interpret guidelines for fluid replacement in adults

19 Lessons in Chapter 14: Critical Care Nursing for the Liver & Kidneys
Pyelonephritis: Definition & Causes

1. Pyelonephritis: Definition & Causes

This lesson defines pyelonephritis and discusses its causes, mainly bacteria. You'll also learn about how these bacteria find their way to the kidney from different routes.

Pyelonephritis: Symptoms & Treatment

2. Pyelonephritis: Symptoms & Treatment

This lesson briefly defines and explains pyelonephritis. Learn about this condition's numerous signs and symptoms and its most important treatment option, antibiotics.

Pyelonephritis in Pregnancy: Symptoms & Treatment

3. Pyelonephritis in Pregnancy: Symptoms & Treatment

Pyelonephritis, a urinary tract infection that has spread into the kidneys, is a potentially serious condition in pregnancy. This lesson covers the symptoms and treatment of this condition.

What is the Difference Between Cystitis and Pyelonephritis?

4. What is the Difference Between Cystitis and Pyelonephritis?

Cystitis and pyelonephritis are two related terms that are often confused. If you want to learn their technical and common definitions as well as the difference between them, read this lesson!

Emphysematous Pyelonephritis (EPN): Symptoms & Treatment

5. Emphysematous Pyelonephritis (EPN): Symptoms & Treatment

Emphysematous pyelonephritis is a very serious infectious disorder that can result in a person's death. Find out what this is, what its signs and symptoms can be, and what its potential treatment options are.

Cholangitis: Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

6. Cholangitis: Definition, Symptoms & Treatment

This lesson defines a painful condition known as cholangitis. You'll learn its most important signs and symptoms, possible causes as well as general forms of treatment.

Fluid Replacement in Adults: Guidelines, Formula

7. Fluid Replacement in Adults: Guidelines, Formula

In this lesson, you will learn about evaluating adult patients for fluid replacement, types of fluid replacement, fluid replacement guidelines, and formulas.

Calciphylaxis: Symptoms & Treatment

8. Calciphylaxis: Symptoms & Treatment

This lesson covers a rare and strange condition known as calciphylaxis. Read on to find out what it is, how it's connected to eggs, and its symptoms and treatment.

Proteus Mirabilis Infection: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

9. Proteus Mirabilis Infection: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

Proteus mirabilis is a type of bacteria that can cause infections in the body, particularly urinary tract infections. In this lesson, learn about the causes, symptoms, and treatments for Proteus mirabilis infections.

Epiploic Appendagitis: Causes & Treatment

10. Epiploic Appendagitis: Causes & Treatment

This lesson goes over a very odd and rare condition known as epiploic appendagitis. You'll learn what it is, what causes it and how it's usually treated.

Liver Damage: Signs & Symptoms

11. Liver Damage: Signs & Symptoms

Did you know that symptoms of liver problems might not appear until the liver has suffered extensive damage? Learn more about causes and signs of liver damage in this lesson.

What Causes Liver Damage?

12. What Causes Liver Damage?

In this lesson we'll be looking at the main causes of liver damage. We'll go over infections of the liver, alcohol abuse, genetics, and cancer as the four main causes of liver damage.

Liver Damage: Side Effects & Treatment

13. Liver Damage: Side Effects & Treatment

The liver is the largest gland of the body and assists in the regulation of glucose and protein. When there is a malfunction of the liver, all body systems are affected. This lesson will discuss side effects and treatments of liver damage.

How to Test for Liver Damage

14. How to Test for Liver Damage

This lesson goes over seven different tests that might indicate an abnormality related to the liver. You'll learn about ALT, AST, Bilirubin, ALP, GGT, Albumin and Prothrombin Time.

Bruised Kidney: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

15. Bruised Kidney: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment

In this lesson, we will discuss what a bruised kidney is and what the symptoms and treatments are. We will also discuss causes of a bruised kidney and medical tests that may be performed.

Liver Laceration: Symptoms & Classification

16. Liver Laceration: Symptoms & Classification

An injury to your liver can be serious. In this lesson, we will learn about classifications of liver lacerations. We will also learn about symptoms of a liver laceration.

Liver Laceration: Management & Recovery

17. Liver Laceration: Management & Recovery

A laceration to your liver can be a life-threatening injury. In this lesson, we will learn about the management and recovery following a liver laceration.

Liver Laceration: Complications & Treatment

18. Liver Laceration: Complications & Treatment

An injury to your liver can be life threatening. In this lesson, we will learn about complications from liver lacerations. We will also learn what treatment is indicated for liver injuries.

What is Hypertensive Kidney Disease?

19. What is Hypertensive Kidney Disease?

Hypertensive kidney disease is kidney failure caused by high blood pressure. In this lesson, we will learn about blood pressure and how that causes hypertensive kidney disease.

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