- Shopping Bag ( 0 items )
From The CriticsReviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: This book contains everything you might ever want to know about "bloodless medicine," i.e., how to manage a patient in various states of anemia or coagulopathy without having to use blood products.
Purpose: Effective blood management requires a multidisciplinary approach. The purpose of this book is to provide a single comprehensive reference addressing all of the various disciplines and aspects of blood management. The authors have laudably achieved their goal.
Audience: This book would be of interest to anyone interested in blood management. In particular, this includes students (medical students or residents) or practitioners in anesthesiology, surgery, pathology, transfusion medicine, hematology, and internal medicine. It would also be of interest to allied practitioners in related fields, such as nurse anesthetists, respiratory care practitioners, and clinical laboratory scientists. The authors, anesthesiologists in critical care departments, are quite knowledgeable in this field.
Features: I picked this book up thinking it would be another (ho-hum) book on blood banking. To my surprise and delight, only two of the 21 chapters discuss blood products. The remaining 19 chapters discuss how to treat a patient appropriately without having to resort to blood product transfusions. From my perspective as a transfusion service director, this was quite an enlightening experience — having the majority of a book related to blood management devote so little space to blood products. Quite a lot is covered in this book, starting with physiology (including, yes, a detailed discussion on the hemoglobin-oxygen dissociation curve), patient assessment to determine and plan for patient-specific tolerable anemia limits, plasma derived versus recombinant clotting products, etc. This book was written from an international perspective. Since "bloodless medicine" is becoming popular in the United States, this book is a big step toward providing a comprehensive and internationally relevant foundation of knowledge to educate the many who are interested.
Assessment: This is a great book for anyone interested in "bloodless medicine." I know I'll be referring to it often.