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From The CriticsReviewer: Kathy Saunders, CNS, PNP, RRT (McLeod Regional Medical Center)
Description: This is a comprehensive textbook written to provide in-depth information relative to inhalation therapy to the respiratory practitioner. Prior to the release of this revised edition, the most current edition was printed in 1995.
Purpose: The purpose is "to present what is felt to be the minimum knowledge [required] for the safe and effective administration of inhalation therapy." With the rapid advances in technology and growing responsibilities of care providers, the field of respiratory care demands comprehensive resource materials available for use by the practitioner.
Audience: Written to provide a complex, comprehensive database of information relating to respiratory care issues, this textbook provides valuable information for the student or the more experienced practitioner. Both the editors and contributors provide state-of-the art information and comprehensive coverage of respiratory care issues. This book is, and has been since 1965, respected as a source of authority in the field of respiratory care.
Features: The format provides an extensive approach to the essential components of respiratory care. Included are learning objectives, an overview of chapter content, and key words that are focal points of each chapter. This edition offers expanded information in areas of anatomy, physiology, disease management, equipment, computers, and pharmacology. Specific information relating to respiratory care in the pediatric population is brought together in a concise way.
Assessment: It is obvious that the editors have a thorough knowledge of the current literature, research, and practice recommendations. They weave every aspect of the field of respiratory care into the textbook in a very useful way. Other books, Pilbeams' Mechanical Ventilation (1998) and Rau's Respiratory Care Pharmacology (1998), are useful but they do not provide the comprehensive, holistic approach included in this textbook.