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From The CriticsReviewer: Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: This is an update of a popular classic last published in October 2002. Not a laboratory manual in the traditional sense, this book integrates theory and psychomotor skills with an emphasis on the American Association of Respiratory Care's clinical practice guidelines.
Purpose: This manual is designed to provide a concise, integrated approach to laboratory and clinical instruction that will help respiratory care students become proficient in the necessary skills, with an emphasis on patient safety relevant for the clinical setting.
Audience: Although the intended audience is respiratory care students, this book would be an excellent tool for respiratory care departments in updating/creating new hire orientation and annual remedial competencies.
Features: The manual is divided into four sections covering patient assessment, therapeutics, emergency management, and ventilation. All chapters have been updated to reflect current standards of practice, the neonatal/pediatric section has been completely rewritten, and a new chapter has been added on high frequency oscillatory ventilation. Each chapter begins with an introduction followed by key terms and theory objectives. New key terms are highlighted in green. Each chapter ends with a list of references, practice activities, a checklist of the procedure, a self-evaluation post-test, and the performance evaluation check-off itself which includes student and instructor signatures. There are numerous drawings, images, tables, and proficiency objectives throughout the book.
Assessment: This is an outstanding lab manual for respiratory care students and would be an excellent resource for all respiratory care departments.