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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carol A. Stephenson, EdD, RN, C, CRNH (Texas Christian University)
Description: This new IV management book, one in a series of nursing photo books, focuses on the skills of starting, managing, and troubleshooting IVs.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a detailed, practical guide to all aspects of the management of IV therapy.
Audience: The book is targeted for all levels of healthcare providers who manage IVs. There is useful information for caregivers of all skill levels, from novice to expert, who practice in any setting. Even the experienced nurse is likely to discover some useful "pearls" in this book.
Features: The design of the book is very user friendly. Information is easy to find. Each skill is clearly illustrated with black-and-white photos as well as text that is to the point. Special tidbits and troubleshooting/decisionmaking information is set in eye-catching colored blocks. Though text is limited to the essential information, the book is a thorough and complete guide.
Assessment: This book is an excellent tool for any healthcare provider who is initiating or managing IV therapy. The design is clear, complete, and easy to follow. Information to facilitate critical thinking and decision making is included along with procedural information. The book is appropriate for individual, healthcare facility, or library purchase.