Book Reviews

Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine 6th Edition 2014

Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine 6th Edition 2014

James R. Roberts
MD, FACEP, FAAEM, FACMT, Professor of Emergency Medicine, Vice Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Senior Consultant, Division of Toxicology, The Drexel University College of Medicine; Chairman, Department of Emergency Medicine, Director, Division of Medical Toxicology, Mercy Catholic Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Jerris R Hedges
MD, MS, MMM. Professor and Dean, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaii-Mano. Honolulu, Hawaii. Professor and Vice Dean Emeritis, Department of Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health and
Science Uviversity School of Medicine, Portland Oregon.

Elsevier Saunders
ISBN: 978-1-4557-0606-8

Type and scope of book
The ultimate guide to most clinical procedures that are available to emergency medicine practitioners in 2014. This is in depth explanatory guide. The book relies pictures, photos ,graphs and tables to teach the practitioner, the variety of skills of emergency medicine and nursing. This 6th edition follows other successfully renown previous editions. . It is the all the tricks of the trade all in one text.

The book has 12 sections that are broken down further into chapters to cover individual assessments and the skills breakdown for different clinical procedures.

The book also contains the on-line version with video of procedures. Over 200 procedures are shown on these videos.

Section 1
Vital Signs and Monitoring Techniques
Section 2
Respiratory Procedures
Section 3
Cardiac Procedures
Section 4
Vascular Techniques and Volume Support
Section 5
Anesthetic and Analgesic Techniques
Section 6
Soft Tissue Techniques
Section 7
Gastrointestinal Procedures
Section 8
Musculoskeletal Procedures
Section 9
Genitourinary, Obstetric and Gynecologic Procedures
Section 10
Neurologic Procedures
Section 11
Opthalmologic, Otolaryngolic, and Dental Procedures
Section 12
Special procedures

This is a excellent spell binding book that the reader finds had to put down. You are drawn to read more and more and it unravels assessments and clinical skills. The book is both entertaining and educational. It education the paramount component. The entertainment comes from the fabulous inclusion of pictures, drawings, tables and highlight boxes

Pictures always tell many stories and is a great tool in education. This book contain a step by step approach in pictures. This gives the reader a chance to learn the skills. The correct hand positions and movements shown that are needed to apply the skill successfully in the clinical setting.

The drawings placed in the book are first class. These have been sourced by a variety of illustrators. These quality works allow great knowledge transfer and demonstration of skill. Highlights and labeling of these drawing show landmarks and positioning that these skills require. This is a key feature of the book.

The book has a sense of order and the sections follow a path of knowledge. this allows the reader to build on skills and knowledge presented earlier in the book and within the chapters. The book uses a colour coded sectional guide. This allow the reader to easily navigate around the book.

The book is well referenced with the appropriate significant science to back up the knowledge contained in the book.Appropriate significant international studies are acknowledged in the text and tables. This gives a leading 2014 edge the the knowledge presented.

The video package that accompanies the book give further educational value. It is the icing on the cake for the book and completes the loop knowledge from the text, pictures, drawings and tables. This take any mystery out as experts share their knowledge and skills.

A strength of the book is that it recognises some practice variation and in corporates it into the book for the author to learn. This reviewer encounters several different ways to apply skills that is current clinical practice not previously known. Knowledge of these variations is useful when working with other from different clinical backgrounds and experiences.

The book contains a excellent section on emergency department thoracotomy. This reviewer has not seen this previously in a emergency department textbook. The pictures and drawings show the life saving procedures very well. This would help the assistants provide the surgeons requirements in both equipment and assistance.

The book contain assessments and procedures in some unusual areas that many practitioner will find rare. This of course is the nature of Emergency Medicine. This make this book extremely useful in those situations. Many emergency department procedure are rare events. Some procedures may be a once or twice in a career skill that need to be pulled out of the bag of tricks. This book will be of assist in these situations and hlep the practitioner out of trouble.

The textbook come in a durable hardback covering. Able to take a knock in the clinical setting. This ability will make this book ideally placed in the department for constant use.

The reference section is hidden from the book as it placed in the on-line section. Although large in nature the reference section tucked away in the fashion is not ideal.

There are some American English in the book that needs some interpretation. This reviewer that this though is the target commercial audience for the book.

Recommended Readership
All emergency practitioners either nursing, medical and allied health will benefit from the knowledge that this book presents. It is a book for all disciplines working in emergency medicine due to its expanse of knowledge covering all topic bases.

The book will suit both a novice and experienced practitioner. A ED consultant and a first day ED healthcare care worker could enjoy this book and learn from it. A novice student or a senior educator will be able the benefit from this excellent publication.

Overall Rating
This is the first Roberts and Hedges textbook that this reviewer has read. It was a amazing read from the first glances to in depth reading and analysis. The book can be used to problem solve so many problems in the clinical setting. This book will be a purchase and I highly recommend this book to all. Well done the Roberts and Hedges team on a superb edition. Emergency Medicine will be well served by your efforts. So do yourself a favour.