Title: A Measure Of Light. Surviving Sepsis and reclaiming my spirit
Author: Kirsten Lavine
Publisher: TJ Ink
Reviewer: Louise Terrell, staff nurse, Basildon University Hospital
What was it like?
Sepsis is life threatening infection, that is widely discussed and taught throughout professional development. A measure of Light book provides an insight into a personnel encounter. The author takes the reader through a journey of a life-threatening infection after a routine procedure and provides gripping scenarios of unconsciousness and hallucinations and continues to the recovery stage. The book also demonstrates the psychological impact after contacting sepsis and questioning of self-worth which effects the confidence of the survivor.
What were the highlights?
The book was intense and full of inspiration and courage throughout. It is well written and divided into four parts, which also contains an extra feature on a challenging but courageous experience of a lifetime whirlwind destination. I really enjoyed reading Trevor’s encounter. It provides the reader with an understanding and insight into the family and loved one’s perspective during intensive care from the outside world looking in. It also highlights the importance of communication between health professionals and the patient’s family, as well as the patient. One particular section highlights how contradictory information was given on something as simple as embolic stockings. The author also highlights information provided in measurable medical terms, which can cause misinterpretation by the patient if not explained correctly. The book encourages the reader to never give up on life even in the most stressful and demanding times. Furthermore, another highlight is raising awareness on the understanding how a routine procedure that is carried out in a hospital can lead to such a life-threatening outcome.
Strengths and weaknesses?
The book is based upon experience from a hospitalised patient. It includes updated evidence and includes statistics regarding complications arising during a hysterectomy procedure. It encourages the reader to reflect upon their own encounters either has a professional or a patient or relative. It provides the reader with empathy and understanding. The book is about raising awareness in sepsis and it provides excellent points upon medical treatment perceived from a patient’s perspective.
Who should read it?
This book is relevant to all health professionals especially students in gaining an insight into sepsis. It is also relevant to families and survivors of sepsis. It could also be used has an education tool in college and universities.
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