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Reviewer: Leslie Zun, MD (Mt. Sinai Hospital Medical Center)
Description: The book strives to be a definitive textbook on observation medicine. One author with 30 contributors covers the clinical and operational basis of observation medicine.
Purpose: The book is aimed at emergency medicine physicians, but it also is applicable to emergency department managers and other clinicians. There are no other books that discuss observation medicine in the same manner. The book does an excellent job of meeting the author's objectives.
Audience: The book is written for clinicians in emergency medicine. The book could also be of value to emergency department managers. The author is the authority on the subject.
Features: The illustrations are adequate in number but of mediocre quality. The references are current and pertinent. The table of contents is excellent. Overall appearance is good. The other features of the text are fair, with limited value to the reader.
Assessment: The book is an excellent presentation of the operational and clinical issues surrounding observation medicine. It is useful for both individuals and departments that use observation areas. It succeeds in providing an information base for both management of an observation area as well as clinical management of common problems.
From The Critics
Reviewer: Leslie Zun, MD (Mt. Sinai Hospital Medical Center)
Description: The book strives to be a definitive textbook on observation medicine. One author with 30 contributors covers the clinical and operational basis of observation medicine.
Purpose: The book is aimed at emergency medicine physicians, but it also is applicable to emergency department managers and other clinicians. There are no other books that discuss observation medicine in the same manner. The book does an excellent job of meeting the author's objectives.
Audience: The book is written for clinicians in emergency medicine. The book could also be of value to emergency department managers. The author is the authority on the subject.
Features: The illustrations are adequate in number but of mediocre quality. The references are current and pertinent. The table of contents is excellent. Overall appearance is good. The other features of the text are fair, with limited value to the reader.
Assessment: The book is an excellent presentation of the operational and clinical issues surrounding observation medicine. It is useful for both individuals and departments that use observation areas. It succeeds in providing an information base for both management of an observation area as well as clinical management of common problems.
Leslie S. Zun
The book strives to be a definitive textbook on observation medicine. One author with 30 contributors covers the clinical and operational basis of observation medicine. The book is aimed at emergency medicine physicians, but it also is applicable to emergency department managers and other clinicians. There are no other books that discuss observation medicine in the same manner. The book does an excellent job of meeting the author's objectives. The book is written for clinicians in emergency medicine. The book could also be of value to emergency department managers. The author is the authority on the subject. The illustrations are adequate in number but of mediocre quality. The references are current and pertinent. The table of contents is excellent. Overall appearance is good. The other features of the text are fair, with limited value to the reader. The book is an excellent presentation of the operational and clinical issues surrounding observation medicine. It is useful for both individuals and departments that use observation areas. It succeeds in providing an information base for both management of an observation area as well as clinical management of common problems.
Booknews
Traditionally, observation services, as provided in the hospital ward, have not been differentiated from other inpatient services; but because of prospective payment policies and changed hospital admission criteria, observation medicine has become connected with the emergency room and with hospital stays of less than 24 hours, during which time the severity of the situation is evaluated. Contributors review services management, diagnostic evaluation, short-term treatment, and psychosocial needs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563720109
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 440

Table of Contents

Contributors
Preface
Pt. I Observation Services
1 History of Observation Medicine 3
2 Principles of Observation Medicine 11
3 Epidemiology of Observation Services 37
Pt. II Management of Observation Services
4 Intensive Managerial Review 49
5 Continuity of Care for the Emergency Department Observation Unit Patient 65
6 Hospital Site of Service 83
7 Observation Unit Staffing 89
8 Economical Service 99
Pt. III Types of Services: Diagnostic Evaluation
9 Abdominal Pain 107
10 Atrial Fibrillation 125
11 Chest Pain 133
12 Confusion 147
13 Dizziness 153
14 Fever 165
15 Gastrointestinal Hemorrhage 185
16 Headache 193
17 Seizures 203
18 Syncope 215
19 Toxicology 225
20 Trauma 241
21 Vaginal Bleeding 257
Pt. IV Types of Services: Short-Term Treatment
22 Asthma 267
23 Congestive Heart Failure 281
24 Dehydration 295
25 Hyperglycemia/Hypoglycemia 303
26 Hypertension 317
27 Infections 327
28 Sickle Cell Anemia and Pain Management 341
Pt. V Types of Services: Outpatient Procedures
29 Procedure-Related Observation 349
Pt. VI Types of Services: Meeting Psychosocial Needs
30 Medical Clearance of the Patient with Psychiatric Symptoms 357
31 Psychiatric Problems and Needs 373
32 Alcohol and Substance Abuse 391
33 Social and Geriatric Problems 401
Index 409
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