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From The CriticsReviewer: Monica M. Joyce, MSN, RN (Yale New Haven Hospital)
Description: This book presents a comprehensive and thoughtfully organized outline of current pediatric triage challenges. The manual style assists the reader in making rapid and sound clinical decisions.
Purpose: This book is intended to act as a reference manual that will provide the practitioner with the tools to standardize the methods of prioritizing the severity of children's illnesses or injuries. These guidelines advocate for the promotion of optimal care provided to children in the outpatient arena.
Audience: The audiences that would benefit most from this manual would be those new to the role of pediatric triage or those practitioners who have limited experience with assessing the needs of children (i.e., generalist emergency department nurse or physician).
Features: This book has accurate and pertinent content to guide the reader toward a prudent clinical decision. The illustrations and tables in the manual appropriately supplement the information stated, yet more is needed to augment learning. There is much open, underused space within the protocol section (IV) that might be used to entice the reader with more colorful illustrations or tables. Those healthcare practitioners in the learning stages of triage or rapid assessments may find it helpful to have more diagrams that demonstrate normal anatomy so as to see the alteration in each triage presentation.
Assessment: The need for this manual within the field of pediatrics cannot be overstated. The content and layout are excellent and quite user-friendly. However, the illustrations and overall attractiveness of the book is lacking. I would recommend the purchase of this manual, yet I would strongly suggest introducing a brighter and more appealing appearance as a resource guide. The author and the many contributors to this manual have performed a great service to the pediatric practitioners of today and tomorrow.