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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carole Ann Kenner, PhD, RN, FAAN (The College of New Jersey)
Description: This is a quick reference for students in the clinical setting. It presents in an easy to use format the most common labs, drugs, assessment tools, abbreviations, terminology, and even a cultural diversity chart for several ethonocultural groups.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide students with a quick, portable form of notes to use in clinical situations. This worthy objective is met.
Audience: The book is intended for use by students.
Features: The book starts with the basics in nursing such as oxygen delivery, vital signs, common formulas to calculate drips, and conversion rates. Next laboratory values are presented, then assessment tools, common terms in obstetrics/gynecology, emergency procedures and drugs, ECG information, IV medications (the more common ones), and finally tools for recording pertinent information like contacts, community resources, schedules for appointments. This information can be found quickly by use of color coded, staggered tabs. The book is waterproof, protecting it from spills in the clinical area, and its size allows it to slip into a lab coat pocket. The pages can also be written on and then wiped clean when the notes are no longer needed. The shortcomings of this book center on the lack of information for the pediatric population. Although the book indicates use with children, the range of vital signs, for example, in the premature infant are not completely accurate. While Adult Life Support information is included, no information is given for Pediatric Life Support. The emergency medications listed give no dilutions for epinephrine, for example, that are different for an infant or child from that of an adult. Tools, methods to assess pain in the non-verbal patient are important (both ends of the life spectrum).
Assessment: There is no comparable book on the market that presents notes in the same fashion.