"Overall, I enjoyed this book and its contribution to the field of transplantation. Many clinicians would find this helpful in their daily practice." (Doody's, 16 December 2011)
The AST Handbook of Transplant Infectionsby Deepali Kumar, Atul Humar
This distinguished group of investigators
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Whether you need to manage a post-transplant infection or reduce the possibility of infection, you will find effective guidance in this handbook. The work of the American Society of Transplantation Infectious Diseases Community of Practice, this reference exclusively uses tables and flowcharts to speed up decision making.
This distinguished group of investigators and teachers provide point of care information on optimum management of infection in adult and pediatric organ and stem cell transplant patients. The unique tables and flowcharts are devised by the authors, backed up with extensive references, making the book a fully researched yet easy to use guide.
The fast growing specialty of transplantation will be well served by this book as increasing numbers of successful procedures mean transplant teams have to be ever more alert to the possibility of and need for action in the event of ensuing infection.
Description: This is a set of treatment algorithms for patients with posttransplant infections. Covering all transplant disciplines, it is a collection of charts giving concise treatment plans for both straightforward and refractory infections.
Purpose: The purpose is to offer algorithms to help clinicians in the diagnosis, prophylaxis, and treatment of transplant-related infections. Having a concise handbook for treatment is certainly warranted. Where the book falls a bit short is in helping make the diagnosis of postoperative infections.
Audience: It seems to be written for practicing clinicians. The authors acknowledge their assumption that readers have a certain general knowledge of antimicrobials and dosing adjustments. Although this book is helpful for practicing clinicians, it serves to stimulate further reading by trainees.
Features: The book focuses primarily on treatment of specific posttransplant infections and prophylaxis. It is set up nicely for practicing clinicians who already have made the diagnosis of a specific infection to help guide their treatment plan. The abundance of concise charts is definitely a highlight of the book. The book could be improved in the area of diagnosis with some pictures or diagnostic algorithms.
Assessment: Overall, I enjoyed this book and its contribution to the field of transplantation. Many clinicians would find this helpful in their daily practice.
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Deepali Kumar, MD, MSc, FRCPC, University of Alberta, Canada
Atul Humar, MD, MSc, FRCPC, University of Alberta, Canada
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