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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Deborah K. Fultner, MS, RNC, CS (Texas Christian University)
Description: This book is written primarily for the adult client requiring IV therapy, but a section for pediatric and gerontology populations is included. Nursing tips, alerts, and key concepts are noted throughout all of the chapters bringing attention to critical points to remember while administering IV therapy
Purpose: The author states the purpose is to provide the reader with a comprehensive guide to venipuncture and intravenous therapy. This book also serves as an excellent reference for the practicing nurse and for any nurse returning to an area that requires IV therapy.
Audience: It is written for faculty of nursing students, nursing students, and practicing registered nurses. The author targets clients in the acute care setting, home health nurses, and nurses in long term care, outpatient departments, and clinics. The author is qualified as an educator and content expert in medical-surgical nursing. She is a certified clinical nurse specialist in pediatric nursing.
Features: There are several unique features. The illustrations are black-and-white, very detailed, and clearly labeled. The 'boxed' features are listed inside the front cover for easy reference. All aspects of IV therapy are included as well as all types of IVs: peripheral, central, and midline. Principals of IV fluids, care, and maintenance, pharmacologic principles related to IV medications, IV nutrition, and administration of blood and blood products are more than adequately covered. "Think About it" and "Ask Yourself" boxes contain useful tips and situations to consider to help the practitioner deliver IV therapy safely. Key concepts at the end of each chapter summarize the important aspects of the chapter.
Assessment: This book is thorough, so readers do not need to seek other references for information about any aspect of IV therapy. Aside from the usual information on IV therapy, this book contains patient teaching and documentation. It is well written and easy to use and understand. Schools of nursing and practicing RNs will benefit from having this book to guide their practice.