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From The CriticsReviewer: Alyson Myers, MD (North Shore - LIJ Hofstra School of Medicine)
Description: This is an update of a 2001 book that comprehensively reviews managing psychiatric inpatients, examining both historical and contemporary issues.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a manual on how to set up and maintain a psychiatric intensive care unit. The authors also use the second edition to describe how to incorporate the needs of multidisciplinary teams, children/adolescents, and those with learning disabilities. With the use of clinical vignettes and algorithms, the book provides helpful tips for all members of a mental health team.
Audience: Some chapters are more useful for particular team members. For example, the chapters on pharmacotherapy and restraints and seclusion are more pertinent for doctors, nurses, and mental health workers. The authors, psychiatrists and psychologists, use guidelines from the Department of Health and Human Services in their discussion. They intend this as a handbook on the possible problems that one may encounter on a psychiatric inpatient unit, such as patients with personality disorders, violence, or the chronically ill.
Features: The useful flow sheets can be incorporated into any unit's patient care. Unfortunately, some of the references and codes are only pertinent to U.K. practice. The title is somewhat misleading, making it appear that the book would be discussing the emergent medical issues that can arise with mentally ill patients.
Assessment: The concise chapters make this book easy to read and the various topics are useful to any member of an inpatient team. This second edition covers areas that were not captured in the first edition.