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From The CriticsReviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a book with a longstanding and well deserved reputation of being one of only a few must-have transfusion medicine references. The previous edition was published in 2002.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive and clinically relevant reference for transfusion medicine practitioners.
Audience: The book is intended for transfusion medicine practitioners and students (pathology or laboratory medicine residents, transfusion medicine fellows, clinical hematology fellows). It also would be of interest to any practitioner or student of any field in medicine using transfusion for patient care. Lastly, this would be of interest to nonphysician laboratory personnel, such as practicing clinical laboratory scientists (CLSs), especially those specializing in blood banking, and CLS student trainees.
Features: This hefty tome (2 inches thick, 66 chapters) lives up to its promise and contains clinically relevant information for practicing transfusion medicine specialists. Entire chapters are devoted to transfusion medicine issues unique to specific medical disciplines (e.g., obstetrics, neonates, oncology, surgery, etc.). I was absolutely enthralled with Walter Dzik's chapter on blood components to achieve hemostasis for surgery and invasive procedures. For all of you out there fighting for appropriate use of frozen plasma (FP), this is the chapter you need. It contains a thorough review of the limited evidence for FP use. Before this, I would have to juggle five different published references to make my point. Now it's all there in one concise chapter that's easy to access, easy to quote, and easy to make a cogent and convincing clinical consultation for or against FP use. Hemovigilance is also well covered in this edition, especially the ISBT classification schemes for standardized transfusion reaction reporting. The only thing I wanted but couldn't find was a comparison of the reproducibility of the ISBT classification scheme with that reported in the "revised classification scheme for acute transfusion reactions" (Sanders et al., Transfusion 2007;47:621). Which classification scheme is more reproducible? Is one superior to the other? Finally, this edition comes with two really useful CDs. One is the entire text of the book, searchable by keyword. No longer do you have to lug around this heavy book if you put the information on a lightweight electronic gizmo. (Imagine how brilliant you will look on clinical rounds!) The other contains a compilation of case studies, useful for teaching residents/fellows and for practicing transfusion medicine practitioners to refresh or update their knowledge. Very nice!
Assessment: This is a must-have for any transfusion medicine practitioner.