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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Carol A Easley, BSN equivalent(Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System)
Description: This is a well written and informative reference for new and seasoned nurses working in the clinical area of emergency nursing. It is easy to quickly access information regarding the treatment modalities of specific disease processes that often and occasionally enter the acute care facility.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide comprehensive coverage of the basic and specific care of the emergency patient, through discussion of signs and symptoms, diagnostic testing, treatment, and other interventions while taking in consideration patient and family special needs. This is extremely important in emergency departments throughout the country. Use of a comprehensive and up-to-date reference may expedite care and assist healthcare professionals to prepare and better meet treatment needs of patients. The author meets this objective well and in a manner that is user friendly. I found the newest materials in the book to be informative and helpful. The presentation lends itself well to use as a quick reference to refresh caregivers on appropriate care modalities.
Audience: The book tends to target practitioners more than students. In the current nursing school environment; there is little time spent in the emergency care area. Practicing emergency care providers would readily use this as a reference. Students who are involved in an in-depth course on emergency medicine and treatment would be best served by this book as learning tool. The author's credibility is without question. It is evident from this book that research and experience played a major role in the final product.
Features: Emergency care is very broad area and the efficient presentation of information in this book allows for a quick overview. For example, in the chapter on metabolic emergencies, the author provides a brief and matter of fact explanation of the diagnosis, followed by a listing of signs and symptoms, diagnostic testing and therapeutic interventions. The inclusion of formulas not frequently used and occasionally forgotten was refreshing. The only shortcoming of this book is its large size for quick reference. This is, however, understandable due to the amount of material included and variability of knowledge base needed to provide for the emergency room client.
Assessment: The value of this book is as a reference in the clinical setting. The new areas this book covers make it a significant replacement for several other books currently in use. In light of recent history, the emergency preparedness inclusion alone makes the book more valuable.