The Philadelphia Guide: Inpatient Pediatrics / Edition 3

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Overview

The Philadelphia Guide: Inpatient Pediatrics brings you the latest guidelines, procedures, and treatment and management strategies for inpatient pediatric care. The field of pediatric hospital medicine is rapidly growing and this handbook focuses specifically on caring for pediatric patients in the hospital setting.

The Philadelphia Guide: Inpatient Pediatrics addresses over 350 commonly encountered inpatient pediatric medical conditions. Unlike other handbooks, it goes beyond diagnostic strategies to include complete treatment and management guidelines. The focus on the treatment of so many inpatient pediatric medical conditions means that it can be used by everyone who cares for pediatric patients in the hospital—medical students, residents, and pediatric attendings. Additionally, the organization of the book makes it immensely accessible. The clinical sections are alphabetized and subheadings are consistent throughout the book to make finding information quick and easy.

Readers will have rapid access to tables listing pediatric dosages for emergency, airway, and rapid sequence intubation medications, as well as defibrillation and cardioversion protocols. Classic and current evidence-based references are included. Invaluable appendices cover normal vital signs, neonatal codes, and PALS algorithms. A fresh, new approach to pediatric literature, this indispensable handbook offers concise, precise information for healthcare practitioners of all levels, from all disciplines, involved in the care of children in the inpatient setting.

The Philadelphia Guide: Inpatient Pediatrics combines the advice of over 100 pediatricians and specialists to bring you the latest guidelines, procedures, and treatment and management strategies for inpatient pediatric care. Highly accessible and easy to use on the wards, this book is arranged alphabetically by clinical area, and organized in a consistent format with uniform headings throughout--perfect for whenever you need information fast. Conveniently sized to fit in your white coat pocket, this irreplaceable inpatient resource features concise coverage of over 350 commonly encountered pediatric medical conditions, with practical diagnostic strategies and complete treatment and management guidelines. Readers will have rapid access to tables listing pediatric dosages for emergency, airway, and rapid sequence intubation medications, as well as defibrillation and cardioversion protocols. Classic and current evidence-based references are included. Invaluable appendices cover normal vital signs, neonatal codes, and PALS algorithms. A fresh, new approach to pediatric literature, this indispensable handbook offers concise, precise information for healthcare practitioners of all levels, from all disciplines, involved in the care of children in the inpatient setting.

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Reviewer: Constance Nesbitt, MD (Ochsner Clinic Foundation)
Description: This is a guide to inpatient pediatrics that covers just about every major pediatric specialty and the most commonly encountered inpatient pediatric medical conditions. For each condition, the book addresses diagnostic strategies, differential diagnosis, etiology, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, and management.
Purpose: The purpose is to combine the advice of over 100 specialists and pediatricians in a single pocket-sized reference with sufficient detail to guide therapeutic and diagnostic decisions. This is a worthy objective because most pediatricians will cover an inpatient service at some point, as will most pediatric residents and medical students. No one will ever be able to know everything about every specialty or medical condition that will be encountered on an inpatient service. In this constantly evolving field, it would be nice to have one reference that one could depend on for the most up-to-date information and not have to spend time looking through several different sources. This book meets some of the authors' objectives, but not all.
Audience: It is targeted at the medical student, resident, and attending level, as well as physician assistants, nurse practitioners, pediatric nurses, and health practitioners from all disciplines involved in the care of children in the inpatient setting. It is most useful to medical students and residents as well as general pediatricians or hospitalists. It is not detailed enough for a specialist to use for conditions in their particular specialty. As a pediatric hospitalist, I found it helpful, not just for diagnostic and therapeutic decisions, but also as an aid for teaching rounds to highlight the most relevant information about a particular medical condition.
Features: The book covers over 350 of the most commonly encountered medical conditions on an inpatient service and covers the major pediatric specialties from adolescent medicine to infectious disease, pulmonology, neonatology, allergy, sedation, cardiology, gastroenterology, psychiatry, hematology/oncology, emergency medicine, etc. There is also a section on calculations and procedures and an appendix of normal pediatric vital signs, the neonatal code, and PALS algorithms.
Assessment: The authors' goal was to provide a concise but comprehensive book while maintaining a manageable pocket size. I like that this book covered so many of the most commonly seen disorders without adding a lot of zebras, and only had the most pertinent information. I read this book over a period of one month while covering an inpatient service and found it to be quite helpful on a daily basis. It covered just about everything we saw in the hospital that month. The information is up to date and includes guidelines put forth by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Unfortunately, the book is a little large, so it would barely fit in the pocket of my lab coat. Also, the decision to omit a formulary is a huge mistake because the formulary is the biggest reason most of us carry The Harriet Lane Handbook (17th edition, Elsevier, 2005). So, while this book covers more practical medical conditions than the Harriett Lane and I prefer the way that it is written, I won't be kicking the Harriett Lane out of my coat pocket anytime soon. In the next edition I would like to see a formulary, a list of normal lab values for age, more illustrations of procedures, pictures for the dermatology section, and a section on radiology. These are the major limitations of this book (along with its slightly too-large size). However, I do highly recommend it for residents, medical students, general pediatricians, and hospitalists to keep in their arsenal of reference sources.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405104289
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 496
  • Sales rank: 522,352
  • Product dimensions: 5.62 (w) x 8.48 (h) x 1.06 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2005

    The best book for inpatient pediatrics

    I just bought this book. At 460 pages, it's about half the size of the Harriet Lane but contains way more practical information. The book focuses diagnosis and management of common inpatient diseases. The chapters are organized in a very consistent manner so it's possible to find the information you need quickly. The inside front and back covers include a list of emergency/code medications. The editors in their preface state that 'a formulary was omitted with the understanding that most institutions provide guidelines for pediatric dosing.' I agree with that statement but would also add that many residents and attendings- at least at my institution- have a drug dosing manual on their palm pilot, making a formulary in this type of book less useful. This book also includes a few unique topics. The metabolism chapter is terrific. It addresses how to evaluate and manage a child with a suspected or known metabolic disease. It is also one of the few handbooks I've seen that discusses the management of central line infections. The FUO topic provides a nice differential diagnosis and suggests a systematic approach to the evaluation of the child presenting with FUO. My kudos to the editors and authors for putting together such a concise yet comprehensive handbook. It's the only one I've seen that is geared toward the management of hospitalized children. I recommend this book to any resident or attending (in pediatrics, emergency medicine, or family practice) who cares for hospitalized children.

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