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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Josie Martin Bowman, RN, MSN, PhD (East Carolina University )
Description: This book covers intravenous therapy from the basic concepts of asepsis, equipment needed, and dosage calculation to starting a peripheral IV line. An appendix includes an IV drug solution compatibility chart and competency check sheets.
Purpose: The purpose, according to the authors, is to provide basic knowledge about how to safely perform intravenous therapy and administer medication.
Audience: They identify their audience as primarily student nurses, as well as practicing nurses, medical assistants, and other allied health professionals. The book assumes that readers have some basic knowledge of medical asepsis, pharmacology, and dosage calculation. The authors are both nurses and have taught or worked in clinical settings.
Features: The book presents a clear and concise approach to IV fluid therapy and initiation of IV therapy. The chapters are organized with a chapter outline, a definition of key terms, and learning objectives. The content is readable, clear, and concise. However, some of the material is superficial and covered only in a short paragraph. The book does not cover central lines in much depth; even though these lines are inserted by medical staff, they are cared for by nurses at the bedside. There are no cited references. Questions at the end of each chapter with a checklist help readers evaluate their performance.
Assessment: Because it presents basic knowledge, the book can be used by those in the healthcare professions, but at times nurses need more in-depth information. This book could be used as a supplement, but not as the primary reference in a course or continuing education setting.