Description: This handbook on the management of emergencies in children and neonates uses a bulleted format to present the information.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide quick information to the on call provider for emergencies in infants and children. The book meets this worthy goal.
Audience: This is best suited for use by medical students, residents, or general practitioners. Emergency department physicians or other generalists might also find it useful. Nonphysician healthcare workers, such as nurses or emergency medical technicians could also use this as a reference. Most pediatricians would find it lacking sufficient detail for their needs. Because the authors are writing for a British audience, there are some differences in both the language and the healthcare system that might make this book less useful for U.S. practitioners.
Features: The book covers a wide range of pediatric emergencies. The bulleted format makes it very readable and useful in the emergency situations that it describes.
Assessment: This may be helpful to nurses, residents, students, or others who are just starting out in pediatrics and need very basic information about pediatric emergencies. Experienced pediatric physician providers will find the information too basic. For more detailed and in-depth information for an upper level residents or practitioners, I would recommend Tarascon Pediatric Emergency Pocketbook, 5th edition, by Rothrock (Tarascon Publishing, 2007). This book provides tables of information for quick reference and it has the added benefit of being smaller and therefore easier to carry in a pocket.