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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carol Ren Kneisl, MS, RN, CS (Nursing Transitions, Inc.)
Description: The emphasis in this book is on psychiatric emergencies related to self-harm, violence, core confrontations, psychological disturbance, drugs, and alcohol. There are a good number of clinical examples in shaded boxes. A chapter on staff support should be especially helpful.
Purpose: The author's purpose is to provide information to individual care professionals about the nature, style, and presentation of effective interventions that can be used in any psychiatric emergency situation. The book does meet these worthy objectives.
Audience: Although psychiatric nurses are the targeted audience, this book would also be appropriate for emergency nurses, home health nurses, nurses on disaster or crisis teams, or nurses in any community setting. Not enough information is provided about the author (from Great Britain) to determine if he is a credible authority, but from the brief description of him on the title page, he does appear to be so.
Features: There are no illustrations in this book. One chapter that does suffer from the lack of illustrations is the one on restraints and breakaway techniques. The currency of the references is uneven and some may be difficult for U.S. nurses to obtain. The index is adequate and the detail in the table of contents is very helpful. Clinical examples set off in shaded boxes and linked to interventions are particularly helpful and lively .
Assessment: This extremely useful book fills a gap in the literature. The practical emphasis on interventions is especially helpful because nurses interact with people facing psychiatric emergencies in all settings. It is appropriate for bookstore, library, and individual purchase.