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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jennifer S Lawton, M.D.(Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This book is a very thorough and concise review of all cardiac assist devices. The content is exceptional in completeness: historical considerations and technical tips, a complete review of perioperative care and postoperative management, and a description of all available and future devices are all included.
Purpose: The editors strive to appeal to all healthcare workers and educate them on the practical aspects of cardiac assist devices. The book is very much needed and welcomed as a complete overview of this topic. The editors' objectives are clearly and concisely met.
Audience: The editors and contributors are clearly experts in this field. The book is targeted to cardiothoracic surgeons, but it will appeal to all members of the healthcare team. Chapters on outpatient therapy, rehab, quality of life, and economic considerations are included. This book also may serve as a complete reference to surgeons in training.
Features: This book is a complete reference for the healthcare provider caring for patients with cardiac assist devices. The chapters are concise, manageable, and loaded with the most vital information. Perioperative and postoperative management issues are carefully detailed. The chapter on device selection is particularly helpful to the healthcare professional who must choose the appropriate device. The chapters on quality of life, rehabilitation, and economic considerations are unique and interesting additions. The complicated care of these patients is outlined in a straightforward fashion in the chapters on physiology of ventricular interactions, perioperative right-sided circulatory failure, and vasodilatory hypotension. The summary tables in several of the chapters provide quick references. The drawings are highly educational and quite helpful, particularly for the healthcare worker not familiar with a particular device.
Assessment: The quality of this book is excellent. It is a complete reference on this interesting and constantly changing topic. The book is highly educational and an outstanding contribution to the field.