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The Complete Recovery Room Book
     

The Complete Recovery Room Book

by Anthea Hatfield
 

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The care that a patient receives in the first hours after surgery is crucial to minimizing the risk of complications such as heart attacks, pneumonia, and blood clots. As the patient awakes from their drug-induced coma, it takes time for them to metabolize and excrete these drugs, during which period they remain unable to care for themselves, and at increased risk of

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The care that a patient receives in the first hours after surgery is crucial to minimizing the risk of complications such as heart attacks, pneumonia, and blood clots. As the patient awakes from their drug-induced coma, it takes time for them to metabolize and excrete these drugs, during which period they remain unable to care for themselves, and at increased risk of harm. The recovery room staff must manage both comatose and physiologically unstable patients, and deal with the immediate post-operative care of surgical patients. The fifth edition of this popular book provides nurses, surgeons and anaesthetists with clear guidance on how to manage day-to-day problems and how to make difficult decisions. Previous editions of this book have established it as the definitive guide to setting-up, equipping, staffing, and administering an acute care unit. It includes basic science such as physiology and pharmacology, specific symptoms including pain and vomiting, and has chapters devoted to the unique post-operative needs of individual types of surgery. This new edition brings this important text up to date and new drugs and techniques for monitoring are described. A new section looks ahead to the future development and design of recovery rooms and how they can contribute to patient well being.

Editorial Reviews

3 Stars from Doody
Paula A. Craigo
This second edition provides an overview of postoperative care with an expanded section on physiology and pharmacology. "It aims to provide guidance in postoperative care for those who are trained neither as anesthetists nor postanesthesia nurses, particularly in the isolated hospital, where highly specialized personnel and equipment may not be available. Purposely dogmatic and direct, it does not compare theories or argue different points of view, and it is admirably unpretentious and down-to-earth. "Aimed at physicians and nurses who must care for postoperative patient, its aim is simply to help you save lives. This goal is well realized, placing this book in a unique and useful niche. The authors are Australian clinical anesthesiologists experienced in widely varying medical systems, whose work in the Pacific islands revealed a need for a straightforward guide to management of all types of postsurgical patients. "Simple line drawings are used effectively to clarify and emphasize concepts. Clear tables summarize take-home points. References vary in frequency, being absent entirely in some chapters and numbering more than 30 in others, with most less than 5 years old. If anything, there are more references than expected in this type of clinical guide. The organization of the table of contents is not entirely clear, with some thirty chapters in a relatively short book with no apparent master plan. Topics within chapters are frequently in alphabetical order. "This book provides a distillation of basic hand-on care and clinical wisdom, covering postoperative care from drain care to resuscitation to management of analgesia. It would be useful to anesthesia trainees and nursesnew to postoperative care, and as an overall review for those practitioners venturing into medically underdeveloped areas where usual support personnel may be less available.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Kathleen M. Woodruff, DNP, RN, ANP-BC(Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing)
Description: This comprehensive book provides clear guidance on how to manage the postoperative care of surgical patients. The fifth edition of a book that was originally published in 1992, this update includes the most current medications and monitoring techniques for managing postsurgical patients.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a guidebook for practitioners managing the day-to-day problems that occur in recovery rooms. It provides answers to some of the most common recovery room questions and assists with complicated decision making. The author does an excellent job of addressing all of these objectives.
Audience: The audience includes nurses, surgeons, and anesthetists — in other words — basically all clinical providers who care for postsurgical patients. The author has consistently provided an excellent resource for use daily in the recovery room. Each edition has built on the previous one to provide the most current, evidence-based information. The author is a well-established expert in the field.
Features: The book is constructed of standalone chapters focused on specific patient populations or recovery room problems. Each chapter includes the basic science behind the topic, then proceeds with the practical sections. A clear understanding of the pathophysiology and pharmacology makes it easier to understand the clinical disorders and anticipated potential problems.
Assessment: This update is a necessary resource for all recovery room practitioners. It is useful in teaching institutions as well as more rural hospitals. This edition ensures that readers have the most current, evidence-based information available.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780191644146
Publisher:
OUP Oxford
Publication date:
02/27/2014
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
560
File size:
8 MB

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Meet the Author

Dr Hatfield is an anaesthetist with an interest in operating theatre safety and the outcomes for patients at their most vulnerable time, directly after they have been anaesthetised and are in the recovery room. She is works at Wairarapa Hospital in Masterton, New Zealand.

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