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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Charlotte A. Walker, MNSc (Central Arkansas Veterans Hospital)
Description: This multipurpose book provides nurses with a foundation of knowledge, a tool box of skills, and a ready reference for preparing and dealing with disasters. The first edition was published in 2002.
Purpose: With the heightened awareness of potential disasters, books on disaster nursing and emergency preparedness are now in high demand. The purpose of this book is to provide the most current, valid, and reliable information available to help prepare nurses keep themselves, their patients, and families safe during any disaster event. This book meets the author's objectives with well organized information and engaging text.
Audience: This book targets nurses and nurse practitioners, instead of the usual audience of physicians and public health officials. Dr. Veenema and the numerous contributors have extensive and impressive credentials in disaster nursing and emergency medicine.
Features: To quote the author, "This book is broad in scope and deep in detail." The book is set up as a teaching, learning, and reference tool. Each chapter begins with key messages, learning objectives, and a chapter overview. Most chapters end with a summary, critical actions, and a vast reference list. Some chapters add study questions and Internet activities and links. The chapters cover general topics such as disaster management, triage, and restoring public health as well as specific like burn casualty, biological agents, and the unique needs of children during disasters. The book ends with several appendixes of disaster summaries, a glossary, and an index.
Assessment: The first edition of this book was published shortly after the 9/11 attacks and several years before Hurricane Katrina. This second edition strives to include the many lessons learned from these and other disasters. I would recommend this book to anyone who is involved in disaster preparedness and to any nurse who is intelligent enough to recognize the dangers in today's world.