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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Elizabeth Haley Vance, MSN, CPNP-AC(Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt)
Description: This second edition of a nursing guide to caring for pediatric neurosurgical patients provides up-to-date, evidence-based information on the treatment and management of common neurosurgical conditions.
Purpose: This book provides in-depth information related to the diagnosis, treatment, and management of neurosurgical conditions. The evidence-based information is presented well, making it easy to understand and valuable in the care of this patient population.
Audience: This was developed as a resource for all nurses who care for pediatric neurosurgical patients. Other healthcare professionals also may find it beneficial in providing a summary of key points of each disease process and an overview of treatment strategies.
Features: This is a comprehensive overview of neurosurgical patients from birth to adulthood. The first chapter is an outline of a normal neurological assessment, which is crucial to understand when attempting to identify the abnormal. There is lengthy, detailed information regarding hydrocephalus, which is appropriate since it is the most common diagnosis treated by pediatric neurosurgeons. The illustrations for each diagnosis are excellent visual resources for understanding anatomy and abnormalities.
Assessment: Overall, this book provides excellent information for nurses at all levels to help them gain a greater understanding of pediatric neurosurgical conditions. It is a must-have resource for any pediatric neurosurgical practice.