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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Judith A. Jennrich, RN, PhD, CCRN, CS (Loyola University Niehoff School of Nursing)
Description: This is a comprehensive, easy-to-use critical care reference for nurses working with high acuity patients. Nurses working in the home health setting, general medical surgical units, or intensive care units will be well served.
Purpose: The purpose is to help bedside nurses with information of 50 diagnoses commonly encountered in critically ill patients. The book provides detailed coverage of pathophysiology, assessment findings, diagnosis, treatment, and care and discharge planning guidelines.
Audience: The author has targeted this resource for the bedside nurse who needs an easy to understand and use reference for patient care.
Features: There are many tables, charts, and illustrations throughout the book that help consolidate and synthesize the information in the text. The diagnoses are arranged alphabetically and follow a set format for quick access to information. The index is easy to use. References are listed at the end of the book for all chapters.
Assessment: This is a useful resource book for staff. nurses working with critically ill patients. It is of compact size, succinct, well organized, and clearly written by well-credentialed nursing educators. The 50 disease processes discussed are appropriate regardless of the nurse's clinical setting.