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

12 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.

What is the Difference Between Cystitis and Pyelonephritis?

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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.

Calciphylaxis: Symptoms & Treatment

6. 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.

Epiploic Appendagitis: Causes & Treatment

7. 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

8. 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?

9. 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 Laceration: Symptoms & Classification

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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.

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