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Overview

Developed to address the demand for a rapid-access guide for busy critical care nurses, Nancy Diepenbrock's "little black book" has evolved into a complete and practical basic reference to help you meet your daily challenges with confidence.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

This important guide offers a quick response to the urgent questions critical care nurses ask themselves everyday. What began as the author's "little black book" for personal use in her own intensive care career has evolved into an essential guide for all critical care professionals. Well-organized and very current, the book serves as a down-to-earth basic reference for important facts and quick solutions. Information is presented in categories:by organ system:and arranged alphabetically for easy access. A comprehensive table of contents offers thorough coverage of every significant aspect of critical care. Blank space:provided for the user's own commentary:allows the reader to "customize" the book for personal use.

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Editorial Reviews

Mary R. Perrecone
This is a concise and thorough guide, with content divided into chapters by organ system and reference base. A wealth of illustrations and tables are provided to assist in understanding concepts within critical care. According to the author, the purpose is to serve as a ""memory jogger"" when time is crucial, leaving detailed clinical information to an in-depth textbook. These worthy objectives are met. The author indicates this book is published for nurses, residents, and students. I feel that the novice to advanced practice nursing, as well as any healthcare professional in critical care, could benefit from the quick reference information provided. It is difficult to assess the author's credibility, though the title of intensive care staff nurse and national critical care certification enhances the author's authority. The major body systems are covered in Chapters 1 through 7 and topics are organized alphabetically within each chapter. The cardiovascular system chapter is extremely comprehensive. It includes the Allen's test, EKG interpretation parameters, and Swan-Ganz waveforms with algorithms for clinical decision making. The book is presented in an organized, easy-to-use format, with the addition of a host of anagrams, mnemonics, tables, and charts. Three additional chapters on Drugs & Doses, Conversions, Calculations & Compatibility and Lab Values have been included. Special features include extra space to add notes for institution specific protocols or personal reference. This is an essential quick reference that should be at the bedside in every critical care unit. I would highly recommend this reference for all novice critical care nurses as part of theirorientation. A simple, well organized, easy to reference format necessary in the critical care environment is provided.
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Reviewer: Mary R. Perrecone, RN, MS, CCRN (Rush University College of Nursing)
Description: This is a concise and thorough guide, with content divided into chapters by organ system and reference base. A wealth of illustrations and tables are provided to assist in understanding concepts within critical care.
Purpose: According to the author, the purpose is to serve as a "memory jogger" when time is crucial, leaving detailed clinical information to an in-depth textbook. These worthy objectives are met.
Audience: The author indicates this book is published for nurses, residents, and students. I feel that the novice to advanced practice nursing, as well as any healthcare professional in critical care, could benefit from the quick reference information provided. It is difficult to assess the author's credibility, though the title of intensive care staff nurse and national critical care certification enhances the author's authority.
Features: The major body systems are covered in Chapters 1 through 7 and topics are organized alphabetically within each chapter. The cardiovascular system chapter is extremely comprehensive. It includes the Allen's test, EKG interpretation parameters, and Swan-Ganz waveforms with algorithms for clinical decision making. The book is presented in an organized, easy-to-use format, with the addition of a host of anagrams, mnemonics, tables, and charts. Three additional chapters on Drugs & Doses, Conversions, Calculations & Compatibility and Lab Values have been included. Special features include extra space to add notes for institution specific protocols or personal reference.
Assessment: This is an essential quick reference that should be at the bedside in every critical care unit. I would highly recommend this reference for all novice critical care nurses as part of their orientation. A simple, well organized, easy to reference format necessary in the critical care environment is provided.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781777148
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 4/28/2007
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 392,982
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. 1 Neurologic System 1
Pt. 2 Cardiovascular System 69
Pt. 3 Pulmonary System 152
Pt. 4 Gastrointestinal and Urinary Systems 204
Pt. 5 Renal System 233
Pt. 6 Endocrine System 254
Pt. 7 Hematologic and Immune Systems 267
Pt. 8 Drugs, Doses, Tables 287
Pt. 9 Conversions, Calculations, Compatibility 339
Pt. 10 Labs 349
Pt. 11 Miscellaneous 360
Index 387
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  • Posted June 7, 2009

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    Excellent day to day reference

    Wonderful reference to keep in your bag at work in the ICU!! I have yet to find a term/concept that doesn't at least have a definition in this book. Its as if an ICU nurse collected little bits of important information and clinical pearls and organized them into an easy to use reference. I wouldn't leave for work without it!

    I'm a new nurse in the ICU but with a couple years of nursing behind me in other areas and this book has been a lifesaver, absolutely perfect. I don't think you could use it for AACN prep (other than for quick definitions/lab values/normal ranges) but it functions well at work. No one nurse can remember everything from how to prime a rapid infuser to the DKA pathophysiology, EKG lead placement, types of urinary catheters, A-a gradient interpretation, IABP operation/basics, but it's all in here. I've tried MANY books before this and I haven't been satisfied with any of them. Highly recommend.

    I also recommended other references I wouldn't be able to live without: the Essentials of critical care nursing prep book is my favorite for CCRN prep though quite advanced, moreso than the AACN text which is EASY to understand and a great reference for at home. The little flip book is the only one of that type I really liked, and that little care plan cheat book "pocket guide" makes work quick and easy. Oh, and there isn't anything omitted from the mosby's reference in terms of tests complete with abnormal values and sample care. :) Good luck all!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2008

    Great book for preparing for Advanced Certification

    I believe this book is a 'must have' for passing the CCRN. It is filled with a ton of Memory Joggers which I found extrememly helpful during the test. For example, I use to always confuse which sign indicates 'positive doll's eyes'. The problem was my point of reference. I couldn't remember if the eyes would mimic those of a doll whose eyes are painted on, or the more expensive doll whose eyes would move. Now all I have to remember is 'Barbie is brain-dead'. Another example from the book is a great mnemonic for remembering how to construct a small four column table for distingushing between SIADH and DI (page 289). I was able to construct that table on scrap paper provided for use during the test, which allowed me to easily answer the question correctly,also saving time (and brain energy) for other questions.

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