Description: This is a general overview of a wide breadth of procedures done in the emergency department. It includes procedural directions, indications, complications, and a brief discussion of the procedures.
Purpose: The objective is to give direction to medical students, residents, attending physicians, EMTs, paramedics, and nurses on various procedures. This is a worthy objective, and the book meets them. However, since the intended audience covers the broad arena of the medical field, it is a little simplistic for senior residents and attending physicians.
Audience: According to the authors, the book is written for medical students, residents, attending physicians, EMTs, paramedics, and nurses. This book was written more for the medical student and junior level resident. The authors are credible authorities.
Features: The book covers airway management, vascular access, obstetric and gynecologic procedures, nerve blocks, laceration repair, various nerve blocks and other emergency medicine procedures. Nerve blocks, airway, and splinting was well covered. The illustrations are excellent and informative. However, the book lacks enough written discussion of the procedures and alternate methods. Although it is a good basic medical resource, it is too basic for a more senior medical person.
Assessment: This is a good book for medical students, junior residents, or nurses, but I could not recommend it to a more senior level practitioner. A more thorough book is Roberts and Hedges' Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine, 3rd edition (W.B. Saunders, 1999).