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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Heather Huang, MD (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health)
Description: The first of its kind, this is a comprehensive reference developed for hospitalists to aid in the various aspects of the medical care of surgical patients.
Purpose: The book focuses on systems, operations, and the quality of care as it pertains to perioperative care, assessment of preoperative risk, evidence-based strategies that minimize risk, and management of common postoperative conditions. This book successfully accomplishes its goals.
Audience: It is intended primarily for hospitalists, but it also is written for anesthesiologists, internists, allied health professionals, fellows, residents, and medical students.
Features: The book concisely summarizes evidence-based literature and current guidelines, and presents the information in helpful tables, graphs, and algorithms. The first of the book's four major sections covers systems of care, quality, and practice management, discussing the role of consultants, billing, coding, and reimbursement, as well as the development, implementation, and operation of a preoperative clinic and medical consultation service. Part 2 covers assessment and management of risk by organ systems (e.g. managing CV risk, pulmonary risk, hematologic disorders, psychiatric disorders, etc.). Part 3 focuses on postoperative care in various types of surgery (e.g. cardiac, intra-abdominal, orthopedic, trauma, etc.). The final section discusses common postoperative conditions.
Assessment: This unique book is a must-have for any hospitalist, surgeon, resident, or fellow who is involved in the medical care of surgical patients. Using evidence-based medicine, it discusses assessment of preoperative risk, strategies that minimize risk, and management of common postoperative conditions.