Algorithms for Obstetrics and Gynaecology

Algorithms for Obstetrics and Gynaecology

by Sambit Mukhopadhyay
     
 

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Algorithms in Obstetrics and Gynaecology presents the core knowledge needed to tackle all situations in obstetrics and gynaecology, in a structured fashion. All algorithms are designed to support rapid decision making in the most clinically relevant situations to minimise the risks of a poor outcome. A range of clinical problems are covered from common

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Algorithms in Obstetrics and Gynaecology presents the core knowledge needed to tackle all situations in obstetrics and gynaecology, in a structured fashion. All algorithms are designed to support rapid decision making in the most clinically relevant situations to minimise the risks of a poor outcome. A range of clinical problems are covered from common non-life-threatening emergencies such as hyperemesis in pregnancy, to life-threatening acute events such as ectopic pregnancy, acute fetal distress or maternal collapse.

Each topic is presented as either an algorithm, a care pathway, or table of key information and has been carefully structured to ensure a logical progression of thought to aid anticipation, early diagnosis and prompt and appropriate management. Accompanying key learning points highlight the essential information from the topic. Based on current national guidelines and clinical evidence, the algorithms and care pathways can be used as a reliable and practical resource for day to day practice in obstetrics and gynaecology.

Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Anthony Shanks, MD (Indiana University School of Medicine)
Description: This is a quick reference handbook for a variety of obstetrics/gynecology conditions.
Purpose: The intent is to provide a quick reference, with flow charts, to tackle the most common conditions in obstetrics and gynecology. This is a worthwhile objective and sometimes the book hits its mark.
Audience: The book is written at the level of immediate provider — nurse, medical student, or resident. Seasoned physicians may seek out more detailed manuals. The authors are from the U.K., giving the book an international feel.
Features: The book is divided rather broadly into obstetrics and gynecology topics. Each section is divided into urgent and nonurgent conditions. A big downside of the book is the table of contents, which essentially functions as nonalphabetized index. Readers have to scan a few pages to get to the information they need. Topics could have been more logically grouped. In each chapter the topic is presented in a couple of pages of rapid fire bullet points followed by a flowchart. The flowcharts are really the big selling point, and sometimes they work but other times they fall short. An example of a good flow chart is the one on incontinence (pp. 240-241), for which the terminology can sometimes be muddy for those who do not frequently use it. The chart makes it easy to work through to get to the diagnosis. A flowchart on page 17 is an example of a situation where one is probably not even necessary. The material is accurate if brief and the references are pertinent. Units in the U.K. differ from their U.S. counterparts, so reading can sometimes be difficult for U.S. readers.
Assessment: This book introduces an interesting topic, but leaves room for improvement with future editions. The flowcharts are (and should be) the highlight, and some are better than others. The organization could be improved in any future editions.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199651399
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
11/18/2014
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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Sambit Mukhopadhyay, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich, UK,Edward Morris, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Norwich, UK,Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, Professor Emeritus of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, St George's University of London, London, UK

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