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From The CriticsReviewer: Penny Wolfe Moore, RNC, PhD (Southwestern Adventist University)
Description: This is an easy-to-use A -to-Z reference of disorders for medical-surgical nursing. Each entry includes causes, complications, signs/symptoms, diagnostic tests, treatments, nursing diagnosis, and expected outcomes. The pediatric pointers icon is especially helpful.
Purpose: Because of scientific and technological advancements, demands on nursing are ever changing. "To meet the challenges of this rapidly advancing field nurses must increase their . . . knowledge and skills . . . resources must become more sophistacated . . (this text) is the ultimate resource to do just that," states the publisher. Managing the vast amount of information is difficult. This book has done a very good job of delivering the pertinent information in an easy to use format.
Audience: Medical-surgical nurses and nursing students will find this an exceptional reference. Schools of nursing will want this book in their libraries and learning labs. Acute care facilities will find this a great resource for the shelf of each unit providing medical-surgical patient care. There are 17 contributors and consultants, all with excellent credentials.
Features: The handbook provides comprehensive coverage of nearly 300 patient disorders and more than 60 treatments. Besides the traditional look at the medical aspects, information about the nursing process including patient teaching is included. A few line drawings are used; print is black and pink only. There is an appendix of lab values. The index is complete but usually not needed because of the A-to-Z format. There are very few references.
Assessment: This is an excellent, easy-to-use reference for almost all the disorders a medical-surgical nurse will encounter. Especially helpful are the pediatric pointers. More and better quality illustrations would be a plus. The explanations for various treatments will enhance the nurse's ability to provide information to patients and families. Springhouse published a similar book, Diseases this year that is larger, more comprehensive, but not specific to medical-surgical practice. That book is better referenced than this handbook, but the illustrations are equally limited.