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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Julie Tanner Sanford, RN, MSN (University of South Alabama College of Nursing)
Description: This book basically focuses on fluids, electrolytes, acid-base imbalances, and their application to nursing. This is the fourth edition; the book was previously published in 1974, 1977, and 1994.
Purpose: The book's purpose, as described by the authors, is to provide information on fluid and electrolytes to assist nurses in building a solid foundation for practice. The information provided is indeed valuable and necessary in providing nursing care to the increasingly complex patient.
Audience: According to the author, the targeted audience is the nursing student and secondarily, the practicing nurse, an assessment with which I agree. The authors are obviously knowledgeable, credible, and qualified to present this material.
Features: The book tends to be underillustrated. Some chapters, such as the one on intravenous therapy, are appropriately illustrated. However, the first chapter, on concepts of fluid and electrolyte balance, needs many illustrations to better clarify basic points. References are appropriate, adequate, and current. The appearance of the book is attractive, although it seems most fluid and electrolyte texts are using the same cover picture.
Assessment: This is a highly useful and current book for fluid and electrolyte material. The easy to read format promotes understanding and comprehension. The material is current and applicable for today's nursing practice. I recommend the text for purchase.