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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Martin C. Yorath, DPM (Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science)
Description: This short but important book is a necessary addition to the resources for improving the lower extremity health of a unique group of patients. In approximately 150 pages, it more than adequately covers the essentials for lower extremity health in long-term care patients, with a particular emphasis on the geriatric patient.
Purpose: The purpose is to give practical information on foot and ankle conditions to long-term care givers. It is designed to be a preventive book for those providing care in this particular patient pool. Any practitioner who has provided care to patients in a long-term care setting knows that there are many preventable lower extremity morbidities if there were more readily available resources for the care givers. This book fills this role nicely.
Audience: It is aimed primarily at those involved in the trenches — nurses, nurses' aides, and others who may have daily contact with patients in long-term care facilities. From the podiatric perspective, Dr. Helfand is well qualified as the author of this book. He has written extensively on podiatric public health issues, and serves with numerous aging organizations in the U.S.
Features: In addition to its 10 chapters, the book includes a glossary, bibliography, and an appendix addressing comprehensive podogeriatric assessment. This last feature, in particular, will be helpful for those less familiar with understanding the qualifying conditions for Medicare coverage when it comes to the foot and ankle.
Assessment: A book of this nature clearly has its place in the North American market, although it could be adapted to other parts of the English speaking world. It is concise enough to encourage the curious to look and keep reading, yet in-depth enough to cover all of the essential topics. In short, it should become a standard text in the nursing office of any long-term care facility. I recommend it to all those involved in caring for patients in these settings.