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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lynne T. Braun, PhD, RN (Rush University College of Nursing)
Description: This book provides the nurse clinician with a resource for accessing information about the acute care management of a patient in the adult critical care unit. A chapter on care of the child hospitalized in the adult ICU is also included.
Purpose: The author emphasizes that this reference is not intended to be a comprehensive critical care textbook or a procedure manual, and it assumes the reader is familiar with the pathophysiology of life-threatening illness and the technology used in critical care units.
Audience: This book is written for critical care nurses of all levels.
Features: This is a concise reference where information can be located quickly by the bedside nurse. It includes assessment guidelines, nursing diagnoses associated with key clinical disorders, management strategies, diagnostic procedures, monitoring techniques, and critical care pharmacology. Numerous tables enhance the utility of this clinical resource, i.e., the differentiation of chest pain. ACLS algorithms, laboratory values, formulas, and scoring tools are readily available. The only criticism is related to organization. Separate chapters are devoted to the nursing management of specific disorders and medical therapeutic modalities, both with thumb tabs labeled according body systems. This information would be more effectively used if incorporated together with a separate chapter assigned for each body system (and a different color thumb tab). However, the comprehensive appendix allows the reader to find the desired information quickly.
Assessment: This book is a high quality, up-to-date clinical reference tool for critical care nurses.