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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Mary Allen Carey, PhD (University of Oklahoma College of Nursing)
Description: This book, part of the Expert LPN Guides, is a pocket guide to fluids and electrolytes.
Purpose: The purpose is to explain thoroughly fluid and electrolyte balances and imbalances, provide tables and illustrations of key concepts, and emphasize potential dangers resulting from electrolyte imbalances.
Audience: The target audience is licensed practical nurses. The editors have a long history of credibility in publishing books of this nature and the list of contributors and consultants includes an impressive group of experts.
Features: The book consists of four parts: balances; imbalances; disorders that cause imbalances, and treatment. It covers fluid balance, electrolyte balance and acid-base balance, fluid imbalances, sodium imbalances, potassium imbalances, magnesium imbalances, calcium imbalances, phosphorus imbalances, chloride imbalances, and acid-base imbalances. Syndromes covered include heat syndromes, heart failure, respiratory failure, excessive GI fluid losses, renal failure, and burns. Treatments addressed include I.V. fluid replacement therapy, total parenteral nutrition, and blood products.
Assessment: This pocket guide parallels similar books in the field. It serves as a good reference for licensed practical nurses on the topic of fluid and electrolytes.