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Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care: Case Studies in Client Communication, Morbidity and Mortality
     

Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care: Case Studies in Client Communication, Morbidity and Mortality

by Lisa Powell, Elizabeth A. Rozanski, John E. Rush
 

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Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care: Case Studies in Client Communication, Morbidity and Mortality provides a unique opportunity to learn from real-life case examples. Presented as a collection of short case studies, the book examines a wide range of situations likely to arise in emergency practice.

The approach is modeled on the Morbidity and Mortality

Overview

Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care: Case Studies in Client Communication, Morbidity and Mortality provides a unique opportunity to learn from real-life case examples. Presented as a collection of short case studies, the book examines a wide range of situations likely to arise in emergency practice.

The approach is modeled on the Morbidity and Mortality Conferences which were first established as a training and educational tool for medical doctors. They have now been successfully adopted in veterinary medicine as a forum for case review and learning opportunities, encouraging thorough review from different perspectives.

Each chapter presents a real case, and highlights the pitfalls that both novice and experienced veterinarians can encounter. A key theme of the book is on communication issues. Owner perspectives are discussed, as well as how communications between clinicians and owners can be optimized to allow veterinarians to better meet owner expectations.

The cases were provided by a variety of experienced veterinarians, primarily specialists in veterinary emergency and critical care, as well as other specialties, general practice, universities, and private institutions.

This highly readable book is suitable either to absorb from cover to cover, or for reference to a specific case or situation. It highlights a number of common clinical problems and communication issues that either did or may lead to difficulties in case management, helping you to avoid these situations.

Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: 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.
From the Publisher
“I can strongly recommend this book to everyone involved in small animal emergencies.”  (Veterinary Times, 9 April 2012)

"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." (Doody's, 29 July 2011)

"Worth reading several times... This book is an easy and interesting read and is very accessible... it is a book that I believe is useful for both experienced and newly-graduated vets and also nurses, as not only are clinical aspects broached, there is also a large focus on communication." (Veterinary Practice, May 2011)

"In my opinion, most cases in this book would make a great discussion starter for staff meetings / clinical audit meetings. The book should be required reading for all interns and residents in the relevant fields. It is an excellent resource for anyone who deals with emergency or critically ill patients, filling a particular need that is not met by other textbooks." (Veterinary Record, April 2011)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444347685
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
06/15/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
232
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

Dr Lisa Powell is a clinical professor at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Medical Center, US. Dr Elizabeth Rozanski and Dr John Rush are clinical professors at Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, US. All three are board-certified Diplomates of the American College of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care, and have 50 years of emergency and critical care experience between them. The authors have practiced in institutions that provide advanced diagnostic techniques, 24-hour emergency and intensive care medicine, and training of both professional veterinary students and post-doctorate veterinarians seeking specialty certification in veterinary emergency and critical care. Dr Rush is also board-certified in veterinary cardiology, and Dr Rozanski is board-certified in veterinary internal medicine.

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