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From The CriticsReviewer: 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.