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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Anna L. Jarrett, PhD, ACNP-ACNS,(University of Arkansas)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a comprehensive manual for emergency and trauma nursing units. It covers the military experience, injury prevention, legal and ethic considerations, as well as substance abuse in trauma patients. It uses a systems approach to organize trauma injuries and it also focuses on specific populations, such as bariatric patients, elderly and pregnant patients, as well as organ donor care. This is a must-have book for emergency departments, trauma units, and surgical intensive care units.
Purpose: The purpose is to detail the art and science of trauma nursing using evidence-based practice guidelines. As the gold standard resource for trauma nursing, this book needs to be updated frequently.
Audience: Although written for trauma nurses, the book's audience could be expanded to include nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and emergency department and intensive care nurses who encounter trauma patients.
Features: The four sections start with general concepts, then move to clinical management concepts, single system injuries, and finally injuries in specific unique patient populations. The layout is the best part of the book. Pictures of actual trauma patients contribute to the understanding of the concepts. The only shortcoming is the absence of the rib score for determining clinical patient movement after chest injuries including multiple rib fractures (Easter, 2000).
Assessment: This is a valuable, reliable, and necessary resource for emergency department and trauma nurses, advanced practice nurses, and clinical nurse specialists working in any environment that encounters trauma patients. The fourth edition is necessary in order to maintain current evidence-based practice for trauma nursing.