Patient Care Skills / Edition 4

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An introduction to basic tasks of patient care, this new edition uses over 700 all new photographs and illustrations to guide the student practitioner through every step involved in the procedures of patient care. The third edition is extensive in both the individual procedures covered, and the breadth of groups of procedures covered. Such topics as aseptic techniques, range of motion exercises, the use of wheelchairs, taking vital signs, documentation, techniques of transferring patients, and teaching patients how to use assistive devices for ambulation are discussed in detail.

The book contains predominantly black-and-white illustrations, with some two-color illustrations.

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Reviewer: Christopher James Hughes, PT,PhD,OCS,CSCS(Slippery Rock University)
Description: This introductory text explains basic procedures of patient care including transfers, range of motion exercise, ambulation aids, positioning, safety, vital signs, and aseptic techniques. This fourth edition follows the one published in 1995.
Purpose: The authors' purpose in publishing a fourth edition is to incorporate reader suggestions by the addition of learner objectives, case studies at the end of each chapter, numbered illustrations, and inclusion of a suggested activities section. These changes have strengthened the content and organization of the text.
Audience: This book is ideally suited for use in an introductory physical therapy clinical procedures course. However, the procedures and topics presented are applicable to other healthcare providers such as nurses, nursing home attendants, occupational therapists, and physical therapist assistants.
Features: The organization of the text progresses from discussion of documentation to patient preparation, vital signs, and sterile procedures. Positioning, exercise, wheelchairs, transfers, assistive devices, and a chapter on the Americans with Disabilities Act are also included. The illustrations accompanying each topic are especially helpful as are the representative links of the learner objectives to the chapter objectives. Body mechanics is discussed as it pertains to each activity. The chapter on the ADA and the listing of specific requirements of architectural accessibility serve as excellent references.
Assessment: Whether an instructor adapts this as a classroom text or uses a similar book, Pierson's Principles and Techniques of Patient Care, 2nd Edition (W.B. Saunders, 1998), is most likely a matter of preference in what is emphasized in the course. Strengths in each text can be noted. I found this text superior in content but the text by Pierson is easier to read because of the layout and highlighted inserts. Overall, I would strongly recommend this book for an entry level physical therapy procedures course or even as a departmental resource when training other healthcare personnel. Even experienced therapists can benefit from a review of the topics presented.
Christopher J. Hughes
This introductory text explains basic procedures of patient care including transfers, range of motion exercise, ambulation aids, positioning, safety, vital signs, and aseptic techniques. This fourth edition follows the one published in 1995. The authors' purpose in publishing a fourth edition is to incorporate reader suggestions by the addition of learner objectives, case studies at the end of each chapter, numbered illustrations, and inclusion of a suggested activities section. These changes have strengthened the content and organization of the text. This book is ideally suited for use in an introductory physical therapy clinical procedures course. However, the procedures and topics presented are applicable to other healthcare providers such as nurses, nursing home attendants, occupational therapists, and physical therapist assistants. The organization of the text progresses from discussion of documentation to patient preparation, vital signs, and sterile procedures. Positioning, exercise, wheelchairs, transfers, assistive devices, and a chapter on the Americans with Disabilities Act are also included. The illustrations accompanying each topic are especially helpful as are the representative links of the learner objectives to the chapter objectives. Body mechanics is discussed as it pertains to each activity. The chapter on the ADA and the listing of specific requirements of architectural accessibility serve as excellent references. Whether an instructor adapts this as a classroom text or uses a similar book, Pierson's Principles and Techniques of Patient Care, 2nd Edition (W.B. Saunders, 1998), is most likely a matter of preference in what is emphasized in thecourse. Strengths in each text can be noted. I found this text superior in content but the text by Pierson is easier to read because of the layout and highlighted inserts. Overall, I would strongly recommend this book for an entry level physical therapy procedures course or even as a departmental resource when training other healthcare personnel. Even experienced therapists can benefit from a review of the topics presented.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838581575
  • Publisher: Prentice Hall
  • Publication date: 12/17/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 501
  • Product dimensions: 8.66 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Documentation 1
Ch. 2 Preparation for Patient Care 11
Ch. 3 Vital Signs 33
Ch. 4 Aseptic Techniques 49
Ch. 5 Turning and Positioning 115
Ch. 6 Range of Motion Exercise 133
Ch. 7 Wheelchairs 191
Ch. 8 Transfers 223
Ch. 9 Ambulation With Assistive Devices 283
Ch. 10 Americans With Disabilities Act 459
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2010

    Patient Care skills

    Good book for students and those in the field that needs a refresher. Good pictures and instructions given

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