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From The CriticsReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This book prepares healthcare professionals to function as part of critical care transport teams.
Purpose: It provides an overview of problems encountered during transfer of critically ill patients, including aviation, ground transfer, administrative, and clinical considerations.
Audience: Transport nurses and paramedics are an appropriate audience for this work, which is written by allied health professionals. Many authors come from programs at the University of Maryland and the greater New York area.
Features: After an introduction to administrative concerns including medical legal issues, the book reviews flight physiology and fundamentals of aircraft design and function. The majority of the book is spent on clinical problems. After a discussion of the assessment of the patient for transport, the book reviews cardiopulmonary physiology, followed by shock, trauma, neurological emergencies, hemodynamic monitoring, and cardiovascular management. Concluding chapters cover environmental, infectious disease, toxicology, obstetrics, and neonatal emergencies and the pediatric patient. The clearly written chapters are beautifully illustrated with color line drawings and occasional color photographs. A typical chapter opens with a list of objectives followed by well-illustrated text, a pertinent case study, a set of bullet points for review, key vocabulary terms, and a bibliography. The bibliography frequently includes secondary sources and websites, and citations date to within three years of publication. The table of contents lists chapters by title and all subheadings. A 30-page glossary reviews key terms, while an equally detailed subject index of over 20 pages ends the book.
Assessment: This is an excellent overview for healthcare professionals working in helicopter, fixed wing, or ground patient transport programs. Publication and presentation quality are excellent. Sponsored by the American College of Emergency Physicians, this review may be useful for certification exams taken by advanced practice transport nurses and paramedics.