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From The CriticsReviewer: Zdravka Zafirova, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This concise pocket reference provides evidence-based information on anesthesia practice in an easily accessible format.
Purpose: It serves as a succinct, practical guide that anesthesia providers can refer to when they need quick, readily available, up-to-date information.
Audience: Although intended for use by all anesthesia practitioners, anesthesia trainees at all levels will find this book particularly valuable. The chapters are written by experts in the field with contributions from anesthesia trainees such as residents and fellows.
Features: The book impressively covers a comprehensive array of anesthesia topics. Introductory chapters discuss preoperative evaluation and basic principles of anesthesia, including pharmacology, airway management, anesthesia equipment, techniques, and monitoring, as well as recovery room and pain management. The chapters that address a wide range of pharmacologic agents, as well as common intraoperative problems and anesthesia complications, contribute to the educational utility of the book. Discussions of anesthesia for specific surgical procedures highlight unique anesthetic considerations. The guide concludes with some unique and valuable features such as quick review of ECG interpretation, emergency algorithms, medical phrases in Spanish, and an appendix with a multitude of valuable references to physiologic formulae and operating room and anesthesia machine set-up. Tables are abundant throughout and, along with a few well-placed illustrations, enhance the utility of the book as a quick reference. The easily-accessible, pocket format makes this guide useful, but predictably limits the level of detail of the information and the availability and quality of the illustrations.
Assessment: This is a long-overdue, valuable reference for anesthesia providers seeking readily-available, quick access to pertinent, evidence-based information in their daily anesthesia practice.