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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Kathleen M Woodruff, DNP (Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This authoritative book provides comprehensive data on the delivery of infusion therapy. First published in 1995, it was last revised in 2001. This update ensures the inclusion of current and relevant information for this constantly evolving area of practice.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide healthcare professionals involved in the delivery of infusion therapy a comprehensive reference. Infusion therapy includes the administration of parenteral fluids, blood/blood products, parenteral nutrition, pain management, and pharmacological medications. Advances in technology and healthcare reform are the primary reasons that this update is important to the delivery of safe infusion care.
Audience: The audience includes all healthcare professionals involved in the delivery of infusion care.
Features: The book provides a historical overview, physiologic concepts, types of infusion therapies and delivery systems, and important information related to nursing practice. Evidence-based principles are incorporated. Many tables, flow charts, drawings, and photographs help with understanding.
Assessment: This is an important and worthwhile addition to the healthcare literature. The information is up to date and well referenced, providing readers with valuable evidence-based data to use to improve patient care.