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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jo Anne Wright, RN, MSN, CNS, B (University of New Mexico Children's Hospital)
Description: This book on the care of highly dependent children is written in such a way that it can be useful to practicing pediatric nurses as well as students.
Purpose: It is intended to address the nursing care of children needing a higher level of care than in a general pediatric ward.
Audience: The book is written for practicing pediatric nurses or may be used as a textbook for students in pediatric nursing. It would be an excellent adjunct to a general pediatric textbook. It is not written at a level appropriate for advanced practice nurses.
Features: Systems are individually addressed and include care from infancy through the teen years. This would be a useful resource for the care of infants and children who require a higher acuity of care such as in the intensive care unit or a subacute unit. The Discussion Points, Think Panels, and Top Tips are good ways to help readers remember important facts; these also could lead to group discussions. Tables are clear, concise, and easy to read. The book flows well from one chapter to the next.
Assessment: Because it is a U.K. publication, this book would be a more useful reference in Europe than in the U.S. British spelling and terms for a variety of procedures differ from U.S. usage. More importantly, medications and doses are different in the U.K than in the U.S.