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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Cynthia Lee Cummings, RN, MSN, EdD (University of North Florida Brooks College of Health)
Description: Designed to give a holistic view of the critical care environment, this book begins with Joint Commission, quality and safety education for nurses (QSEN), and evidence-based practice guidelines and then proceeds to topics deemed relevant to critical patients and their families.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate students and nurses about holistic care for patients in critical care settings. The objectives are worthy and the information for families and students is noteworthy. However, the book provides a very general overview in most areas and does not go into enough depth for practicing nurses.
Audience: According to the authors, the book is written for students and nurses. It is best suited for students, but those hoping to work in critical care need much more specific information on many of the topics.
Features: The book covers all system areas in patient care and discusses assessment and management pertinent to critical care patients. Topics such as pain management, restraints, and ethics related to critical care are also touched upon. The best quality of the book is that it is easy to read and has excellent illustrations and case studies. However, it does not cover most patient areas in any great depth. Most critical care books address systems in much greater depth and at a higher level. The discussions of cardiovascular assessment and medications are similar to information found in many medical-surgical textbooks.
Assessment: This book certainly may have a place providing students with a basic understanding and information about critical care, but it lacks the depth in most areas to be of significant value for practicing nurses.