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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mollie K. Bradley, EdD, RN (University of South Alabama College of Nursing)
Description: This is the seventh edition of a book that provides information about fluid and electrolyte balance and imbalance in a programmed presentation format. The previous edition was published in 1992. All aspects of fluid and electrolyte balance and acid base balance are discussed.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide instruction about fluids and electrolytes throughout the life span.
Audience: This book is targeted for nursing students who have a basic theoretical knowledge of fluids and electrolytes from high school biology. This book will also be a valuable resource for upper level students and practicing nurses.
Features: The lightweight, spiral-bound format makes the book attractive and easy to use. The detailed table of contents allows the reader to easily find selected information.
Assessment: This programmed presentation book is an excellent resource for both beginning nursing students as well as upper level students or nurses who want a review of the subject. This new edition has added sections on facilitated diffusion, active transport, colloid and crystalloid solutions, the anion gap, and phosphate imbalance. Critical thinking questions are included in each section and provide a mechanism for the reader to test overall knowledge of the subject. This book is appropriate for individual, healthcare facility, or library purchase.