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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia D. Entrekin, RN, BSN, CNOR (Indiana University Medical Center)
Description: This book on endoscopic surgery is one in a series of books on perioperative nursing. It extensively covers the history of endoscopic surgery, the roles, responsibilities, and training of personnel, nursing care and considerations plus in-depth descriptions of equipment and instrumentation for the procedures. Several chapters address the technical aspects of this type of surgery.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an easy to understand educational guide to help simplify the complex aspects of endoscopic surgery.
Audience: The book is target for practicing registered nurses, certified surgical technicians, and perhaps nursing students involved with endoscopic surgical procedures. It could also be utilized by ancillary staff responsible for handling decontamination and processing of the instrumentation for upkeep and sterilization.
Features: The natural progression of material follows a logical presentation of endoscopic surgical information and the numerous photographs reinforce the written text extremely well.
Assessment: As an endoscopic surgical reference, this is an excellent resource that covers perioperative assessment and planning. It also includes comprehensive information on instrumentation and equipment along with the care and maintenance of both. There is an extensive section addressing endoscopic surgeries and diagnostic tools that reinforces the safe and appropriate use of this technology. Both hospitals and clinics involved with endoscopic procedures would benefit from this book. It could also prove to be a valuable resource for the operating room educator and the service specialty coordinators when precepting new staff to the operating room or other facilities that perform endoscopic surgery.