’I feel this book could only be read by those who work within the critical care environment, intensive care, accident and emergency and theatre settings.’
Title: Oxford Handbook of Critical Care Nursing
Authors: Heather Baid, Fiona Creed & Jessica Hargreaves
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Reviewer: Gemma Wilson, learning environment lead & clinical practice educator. Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (BHFT)
What was it like?
Really clear, concise- able to quickly flick through and access the information required. The book provides a brief explanation of the subject matter. There is provision of tables so you can look through for calculations or normal parameters which would be highly beneficial for those working within the critical care- a pocket sized resource which covers all the systems- looking at normal values, assessment process, and management and directs the reader to further reading opportunities.
What were the highlights?
I particularly liked the way you can look through the contents page and it’s clear what this chapter is going to deliver. It means you can easily identify the areas that you may personally or professionally need to address and follow the advice accordingly, knowing it’s relevant to your particular need.
Strengths & weaknesses:
I would struggle to find a weakness. I think the strengths really are the simplicity and the structure. Additional strengths is having all the relevant information from a multitude of clinical presentations in one place. Particularly valuable to have the list of abbreviations- the book certainly delivers what it is intended for.
Who should read it?
I feel this book could only be read by those who work within the critical care environment, intensive care, accident and emergency and theatre settings. Would be beneficial to students within the critical care environment as a resource. This book could be used for a quick glance or quick refresh, you would have to have the previous knowledge within the area to understand and take any value from the book.
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