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Emergencies in Critical Care (second edition)

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Title: Emergencies in Critical Care Nursing (second edition)

Edited by: Martin Beed, Richard Sherman and Ravi Mahajan

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Reviewer: Kim Shrieves, BSc (hons) child health nursing. RN (Child)

What was it like?

This user friendly, pocket sized book is a practical and evidence-based guide to all emergency situations experienced in a critical care setting with clinical information and insights presented in a concise. Structured and informative way to assist and support staff in obtaining the knowledge required and clinical skills needed to identify, prepare for, and manage patients in critical care settings.

This book follows the “ABC” format in its approach to dealing with emergencies with key history and examination findings, drug doses and investigation results listed for a broad spectrum of conditions, diseases and emergency situations providing a rational approach to managing these stressful situations.The first part of the book describes the management of emergencies as they affect different body systems, the second part focuses on the different groups of patients or conditions. Finally, the appendix, index and explanation of symbols and abbreviations are useful to inform and support quick and easy reference.

What were the highlights? 

The major highlight of this book is the information and support it provides in a concise manner for easy reference necessary in an emergency. Important areas such as patient safety, dealing with adverse events and critical incidents involving critically ill patients, improved patient rescue packages and the practicalities of infection control procedures are addressed well.

Strengths & weaknesses:

This book is structured systematically and clearly in the “ABC” bullet point format and is complimented greatly by the inclusion of visual aids (tables and flowcharts etc) for increased clarity assisting the reader to better understand the information being presented. Despite being of a small size it covers the range of emergencies well laying foundations and stimulating further reading by including references and key documents for further focussed reading, without neglecting any important issues. Additionally, this book includes a glossary of terms and abbreviations used within the text and as such it makes an excellent starting point and source of reference for those involved in critical care.

Who should read it?

This book would be of value to anyone presented with a critically ill patient regardless of experience, position or grade as a guide to management, quick reference guide or useful fact checker.

Emergencies in Critical Care

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