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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mrijana Nesin, MD (Weill Medical College of Cornell University)
Description: This important subspecialty book provides updated essential information about the advances in the fast moving field of assisted ventilation of the neonate. The book makes two important contributions: for the novice in the field, it provides essential information on physiologic principles governing selection and use of different modalities of mechanical ventilation, and for experienced practitioners it should provide up-to-date information on the latest modalities and technologies and algorithms on how to use them. However, this is a fast moving field and thus, by the time the book is published, it may omit some modalities already in use and this is the case with this edition. It is also missing some essential references and approaches published during the last two years. One wonders if this book would be more helpful if published in an electronic version with a possibility for more frequent updates (like the Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics e-dition, 17th Edition (Elsevier, 2003)).
Purpose: The purpose is to teach physicians essential principles of lung physiology and mechanisms of lung pathology and educate healthcare providers how to use appropriate technology to initiate mechanical ventilation, assess its efficacy, and develop weaning strategies. The objectives are very important and this is one of the very few books that provide comprehensive information. It is essential for anyone involved as a primary care provider or a consultant in the field of neonatal ventilation. The book in general meets the objectives without being overwhelmingly long.
Audience: According to the editors, this book is for neonatal fellows, residents, neonatal nurse practitioners, bedside nurses, and respiratory therapists. It is also a useful teaching tool and source of updated information for practicing neonatologists. The editors and most of the contributors are well known and highly respected authorities in the field.
Features: The book covers a lot of different topics related to neonatal ventilation from ethical and legal issues to advanced technologies and modalities and neonatal outcomes. The best part of the book is that provides essential information on new modalities of assisted ventilation and how to use them effectively and safely. The shortcoming is that it undertakes to deal with too many topics. Some, like ethical and legal issues and nutritional support, may not be essential and in the current form are somewhat superficial. Other topics, such as physiological principles and control of breathing, could be expanded.
Assessment: This essential book provides information about different types of respirators and algorithms on how to use them — information that is not available in any other book. Its weakness is that new types of ventilators and devices are continuously introduced and by the time a new edition is published, some information is outdated. This book may be even more useful if updated electronically every 6 months to a year.