Description: Written by established experts in different medical and nursing fields, this book details ways to avoid common errors in the emergency department.
Purpose: By concentrating on areas that are higher in errors, the book provides an easy to read and navigate resource to help providers in the emergency department minimize these errors. This is a worthy objective and the book provides valuable insight and advice for providers.
Audience: Emergency department and acute care providers are the intended audience, although hospitalists and intensivists could use it a resource as well.
Features: The book is divided into body systems and then other areas to address procedures, legal issues, documentation, and psychosocial issues. An extensive section is devoted just to the acute care of children and the subsequent issues arising from that care. The book is concise, easy to read, and of a manageable size. I especially appreciated the index in the front of the book. I would like to see more illustrations, especially in the radiography and procedure sections. Visual learners would appreciate that.
Assessment: This valuable resource for acute care clinicians is well written at an appropriate level for both novices and experts. What sets it apart from other books in the field are the concise chapters, the logical organization, and the readability.