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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Paul J. Mathews, PhD, RRT (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: The authors have updated and expanded this work, adding four chapters, new diagrams, and eliminating outdated equipment.
Purpose: The stated purpose is to keep pace with the evolving and expanding advances in respiratory equipment technology. This task is admirably done.
Audience: This book is primarily designed for respiratory care practitioners and respiratory care students. It is also well suited for critical care nurses and anesthesia and critical care house staff. The level and depth of coverage may present a challenge to new students, but it reads well for those with a background in respiratory care or with the aid of a teacher/mentor.
Features: This book features a large number of tables, photos, and diagrams. These, with a few exceptions, are of good to excellent quality. Several photos are overly dark or so detailed as to be obscured. Disbursed throughout the book are "Troubleshooting Boxes" which identify potential problems, list probable causes, and present suggested solutions. A "self-study disk" which contains a test bank of 478 items and a results file accompanies the text.
Assessment: This is a well written and well conceived project. The authors show their expertise in the presentation of these materials. This is not to say that the book is perfect As an example, on page 1 of Chapter 1 in the glossary, the word insolution is used twice where the word should be insulation. However, very few additional errors were found. My assessment is that this is a very good book. It should be actively considered for adoption in respiratory care programs and included in departmental libraries.