Geriatrics at Your Fingertipsby David B. Reuben, Gary W. Small, Todd P. Semla, James T. Pacala
The fifth edition of Geriatrics at Your Fingertips is a portable, practical and economical tool for professionals who provide primary care to older persons. Content focuses on the evaluation and management of the diseases and disorders that most commonly affect older persons in various healthcare settings. GAYF minimizes the time clinicians spend searching for the information that they need to make patient care decisions. Many of the care strategies are derived from guidelines published by organizations such as the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, the American Heart Association, and the American Diabetes Association, among others.
GAYF describes assessment instruments, recommended diagnostic tests, and management strategies that include non-pharmacologic and pharmacologic therapy. The design of the tables and lists of drugs facilitates appropriate prescribing. Generic and trade names are provided, as well as information on dosages, how the drugs are metabolized or excreted, and how each drug is supplied--with special emphasis on impact in older patients.
Body system disorders (such as respiratory diseases), symptoms (like pain), and life-style issues (such as alcohol and tobacco abuse) are covered in separate chapters.
At the end of the book are lists of telephone numbers and Web sites that serve as additional resources for specific information on general aging, end-of-life, legal issues and elder abuse, and specific health problems.
Description: This is the fifth edition of the American Geriatrics Society's pocket handbook on geriatric medicine. The previous edition was published in 2002.
Purpose: The purpose is to have available, in compact form, a ready reference for helping clinicians caring for older persons make decisions about patient care. It succeeds admirably in doing so.
Audience: This is not a textbook of geriatrics. It says what to do in what circumstances, what to think of, what to give, and in what doses. It presupposes a knowledge of medicine and a working knowledge of caring for older persons. The publication is edited by a panel of the nation's leading experts in geriatric medicine at the behest of the American Geriatrics Society.
Features: This edition is the first that has the option of being downloaded onto a PDA, enhancing the utility of this compact wonder. Its alphabetic pagination makes it a snap to find just what is needed; its index is complete and very helpful. The algorithms, charts, and diagrams are just right.
Assessment: Think of life before the Internet. Think of life in caring for older persons before this pocket wizard. Similar, aren't they? The American Geriatrics Society deserves kudos for orchestrating this handbook in its frequent revisions. The editors and compilers of this handbook likewise deserve our thanks for creating such a handy tool that slips into our coats and, now, our PDAs with such ease and value.
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