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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Josie Martin Bowman, RN, MSN, DSN (East Carolina University )
Description: This is a quick-reference handbook based on the textbook, Fluids and Electrolytes with Clinical Applications: A Programmed Approach, 8th edition, by the same authors. The previous edition was published in 2004.
Purpose: It is important for clinicians and nursing students to understand the physiological basis of fluid and electrolytes, and this book serves as a quick reference.
Audience: The handbook is designed to be used either separately or in conjunction with the parent textbook. The authors describe the audience as "nurses (students and practitioners), laboratory personnel, technicians, and all healthcare professionals." The contributors are primarily nurses from various academic and practice settings.
Features: The 22 chapters cover fluids present in the body either extracellular or intracellular and fluid volume shift. The book also discusses electrolytes and acid-base balances and imbalances. A section on intravenous therapy addresses administration and TPN (total parenteral nutrition). The chapter on intravenous therapy discusses all types of intravenous therapy, calculation of IV infusion rate regulation, and complications. Tables present a breakdown of specific information for each area.
Assessment: This would serve as a good reference in the clinical setting or for students to prepare for clinicals. The updates and addition of new content justify this new edition.