This book serves two purposes; It's a great introduction for those that want a simple overview, and it's also great for students looking for a quick recap that covers the most important information. How do you best prepare for an exam? If you don't have the time, you recap the fundamentals.
This book is a must-have for all nursing and medical students looking to broaden or refreshen their skills of understanding human pathophysiology. It is perfect for anyone that wishes to work in the medical field, and it is a great complementary tool to have when preparing for the NCLEX Many students are ordering this book together with other nursing books such as medical surgical nursing.
To test your knowledge, we have included multiple-choice questions after each chapter. The answers to these questions can be found at the very end.
There is no doubt, fluid maintenance remains one of the main foundations of medicine. Fluids are deemed as being the most essential substance of life. Around 60% of our body is made up of water, and this serves as a medium for transport of both nutrients and waste products. The electrolytes contained within the body water are responsible for the body's most basic functions, such as nerve function, and functioning of voluntary and involuntary muscles, activating enzymes, and release of hormones.
Any patient, who is presented with a fairly serious medical illness, is bound to have some kind of imbalance in the fluid-electrolyte levels. All patients in intensive care units are routinely screened for such imbalances. Thus, it is apparent that a medical professional needs to have a firm grasp of the fundamentals of electrolytes, fluids and acid-base balance in the body, so that effective treatment can be carried out.