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Manual of Peri-operative Care: An Essential Guide

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Title: Manual of Peri-operative Care: An Essential Guide

Edited by: Woodhead K and Fudge L

Publisher: Oxford: John Wiley & Sons

Reviewer: Ed Shields, nurse lecturer, Queen’s University Belfast.

What was it like?

This book addresses the central tenets of peri-operative practice; namely, clinical quality, patient safety, governance, controls assurance and clinical effectiveness. The foundations of safe peri-operative practice, infection prevention, patient safety and risk management, peri-operative care for different patient groups and different approaches to surgery (laparoscopic and endoscopic) are all dealt with across five sections in the book. Visible coloured “tabs” along the page edges make navigating to various sections very quick and easy; given that many may use this book as a reference source, this is helpful.

Given the specialist nature of much of the material in the book, the use of figures, tables and photographs helps organise and illustrate the information.  While this may not be necessary for established peri-operative specialists, it is helpful for those who are studying this area of practice for the first time, or for those reacquainting/updating themselves.

Overall, the book is readable, given the way it is organised and developed. The chapters are not too long, yet contain much up to date information. This is supplemented by extensive reference material at the end of each chapter. Peri-operative practice is put into a modern context early in the book and emerging new roles are also introduced. It is a serious book with much to commend it.

What were the highlights? 

In my view, section 3 of the book will have broad appeal, both to specialists and non-specialists; it contains 17, short, concise chapters dealing with a wide range of peri-operative issues, ranging from medicines management, intra-operative care, thermoregulation and pain management etc.

Strengths & weaknesses:

The wide range of peri-operative issues dealt with in the book makes it a good reference source for both specialist and non-specialist nurses. There is also useful, up to date material that will be of use in specialist situations such as care of neonates, children, adolescents, the older patient and pregnant patients.

Who should read it?

The target audience for this book is specialist peri-operative practitioners, those who are studying peri-operative care (possibly those undertaking a specialist course) and anyone who needs an up to date reference book for peri-operative care. It is quite a specialist book but might be of some benefit to some pre-registration students in particular placement areas, dealing, as it does, with wound healing, surgical site infection, World Health Organisation “Surgical Safety Checklist”.


Manual of Perioperative Care: An Essential Guide

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