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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Cynthia Lee Cummings, RN, MSN, EdD (University of North Florida Brooks College of Health)
Description: This in-depth review of critical care nursing covers not only the expected critical care areas, but also expanded topics, such as moral distress in critical care, ethical issues, and rapid response teams. The book includes case studies and short answer questions, as well as an online site with clinical questions and simulations. The previous edition was published in 2009.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a complete review of critical care nursing, as well as expanded topics and case studies.
Audience: The book is for students and practitioners new to critical care.
Features: As an in-depth, current review of critical care nursing, the book covers the basic critical care systems as well as mentioning new concepts and techniques. It also covers genetics, rapid response teams, care of critically ill pediatric, pregnant, postanesthesia, and older patients. The case studies and short answers are excellent and the depth of knowledge is wonderful. The book is colorful and grabs readers' attention.
Assessment: This is a wonderful addition to a critical care library. It includes a wealth of information on a huge variety of topics pertinent to critical care. It is more comprehensive than other resources, and it is very useful for anyone interested in critical care. This update is definitely worth replacing the previous edition.