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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Lisa C Corso, BSN (University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center)
Description: This book covers a variety of common pediatric diseases and disorders in a quick, easy-to-read format. Appendixes include laboratory values, growth and development information, pain, and palliative care. The previous edition was published in 2004.
Purpose: The authors describe this as a comprehensive resource for the delivery of high quality care to children and their families. With the variety of pediatric health conditions, it is impossible to remember them all. This book meets the objective as a comprehensive resource and the variety of conditions covered should fulfill most needs.
Audience: The authors suggest this book for pediatric nurses and nursing students. It would be useful for any nurse or nursing student working in a generalized pediatric area or clinic, but less useful in a specialized pediatric area. C. L. Betz is director of nursing training and research at Children's Hospital in Los Angeles and is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Pediatric Nursing. L. A. Sowden is Florida regional director of Pediatric Extended Care centers.
Features: The main part of the book covers common disorders, diseases and surgical conditions. Part 2 describes nursing care during tests and procedures. Diseases are listed alphabetically, so they are easy to locate, and each has additional references. In addition to nursing interventions, each section contains manifestations, appropriate diagnostic tests, and discharge planning. The nursing assessment and growth and development sections are comprehensive, and will serve as a good reference for those requiring a refresher on these basic skills. The appendixes cover laboratory normals and pediatric pain in depth and are a good resource.
Assessment: "The list of diseases and information is complete enough for this to be a useful tool. The book is organized slightly differently from the previous edition, and the approach appears to be more conceptual. There are seven new chapters (including autism, spectrum disorders, and type 2 diabetes), and a new appendix on pediatric palliative care. If you need to have information on these conditions at your fingertips, it is worth it to replace the last edition. This book is superior to Lippincott Manual of Nursing Practice Pocket Guide: Pediatric Nursing (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2007), covering more conditions/diseases and providing more in-depth information. "