’ It will prove to be of use to any nurse in the emergency department.’
Title: Oxford Handbook of Emergency Nursing – Second Edition
Edited by: Robert Crouch, Alan Charters, Mary Dawood and Paula Bennett
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Reviewer: Allison Crocker, senior staff nurse, Emergency Department, Poole Hospital
What was it like?
This 806-page volume is a timely update to the first edition that was originally released in 2009. The intention is to provide a useful aide memoire to the emergency department nurse covering the wide range of conditions that could present. Major changes from the first edition are the change from a chapter on maxillofacial emergencies to one on major trauma and the inclusion of a specific chapter on emergencies in the older person.
What were the highlights?
With the increasing proportion of the population who are over the age of 65 the inclusion of a chapter on emergencies in the older person is especially timely.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The size of the volume ensures that it will always be available to the nurse and the wide-ranging subject matter will make it an indispensable companion. However, the volume is paper backed unlike the vinyl covers of some other Oxford Handbooks meaning that it may well not be as hard wearing.
Who should read it?
This book would seem to aim for a wide audience and achieves this by providing tools for both the newcomer and the more grizzled practitioner. It will prove to be of use to any nurse in the emergency department.
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