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From The CriticsReviewer: Mauria O'Brien, DVM, DACVECC (University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine)
Description: In this compilation, the authors share their small animal emergency and critical care cases with a focus on potential complications, medical errors, and client communication issues. The book is divided into four parts. Part one focuses on treatment errors, part two on medical judgment errors, and parts three and four on client and staff communication issues.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide case examples from a variety of experienced veterinarians with the goal of highlighting a number of common clinical difficulties in case management. The authors meet their objectives by sharing their cases and giving suggestions on how to appropriately diagnose and treat specific conditions. Because every pet is accompanied by an owner, adding to the complexity of each case, the book provides excellent information on how to deal with client communication difficulties.
Audience: This is an important addition to any emergency clinician's library. It is useful for veterinary emergency room physicians, interns, and residents. The authors are mostly specialists with a vast amount of experience in the fields of emergency and critical care as well as internal medicine.
Features: This book is divided into four sections. Section one is dedicated to cases involving diagnostic and treatment errors, and covers special diagnostic procedures, drug selection, and surgical intervention. Section two covers medical judgment errors involving the physical exam, interpretation of diagnostic test results, and misinterpretation. Section three involves lessons learned from client communication issues, and section four is an extensive example list of communication issues between doctors and hospital staff. This book is unique in that it presents the perspective of veterinary specialists dealing with real cases and the lessons to be learned from mistakes. Each case has key take home points.
Assessment: This is a great book for veterinarians in general practice as well as those in training. No other book (to my knowledge) in veterinary medicine addresses medical errors and communication issues from the point of view of a specialist. This book is extremely useful and provides great learning material based on past experiences in order to prevent future errors.