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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Karen S Yehle, PhD, MS, RN (Purdue University School of Nursing)
Description: This book answers common questions pertaining to cardiovascular care. The content is presented in a question and answer format.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide answers to questions posed by nurses concerning cardiovascular subjects. It is intended to be used by nurses in the practice setting, and builds upon basic knowledge learned in nursing school. It provides a quick reference in short paragraph form.
Audience: According to the author, the book is written for both new and experienced nurses, but it is not intended for student use. A knowledge base is necessary in order to fully appreciate the information provided.
Features: A very broad range of cardiovascular topics are addressed. The book briefly covers topics from ethics and genetics, to history taking and physical assessment. Key points and Internet resources are provided at the end of each chapter, along with a short but current bibliography. One area of concern is the heavy use of contributors from the same geographic area (23 of 38 contributors), as protocols can vary throughout the country. There are no contributors from outside of the United States.
Assessment: This is an excellent reference guide, especially for the experienced clinician, who may use it to quickly look up a topic. The answers to the posed questions provide just enough information without being too brief.