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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Marchusa A. Huff, DNS, RN (Indiana University School of Nursing)
Description: This second edition of a operating room pocket guide briefly defines and describes more than 300 surgical procedures and includes some discussion of instrumentation and supplies. The book includes a brief discussion of patient care and anesthesia.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a concise, yet comprehensive reference relating to the technological aspects of patient care in the operating room.
Audience: This book is intended for use by experienced practitioners in the operating room as well as students in nursing and surgical technology. It can serve as a reference for nurses, medical students, and surgical technologists.
Features: The overall organization of the book and the inclusion of new content related to limited access and microinvasive surgical procedures are strong features, making it a useful reference in the clinical setting.
Assessment: This pocket-sized book is a good reference for the experienced practitioner in the operating room. Definitions, brief discussions of procedures, and instrumentation used in more than 300 surgical procedures are presented in a concise, easy-to-understand format. Content is confined to the operative phase of patient care in the perioperative area. It requires an understanding of surgical technique and provides general guidelines on which the reader can build. The book is appropriate to have available for hospital personnel in a reference library or for individual purchase.