Gary J. Browne, MBBS, MSpMed, FRACP, FACEM, FAAP, Inaugural Head, Discipline of Emergency Medicine. The University of Sydney, Head of Academic Emergency Medicine & Senior Physician, Children’s Hospital Westmead., Lecturer Clinical School. University of Notre Dame, Sydney. University of NSW, Faculty of Medicine.
Nicholas Cheng, Paediatric Emergency Physician, The Children’s hospital Westmead: Adjunct senior Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Notre Dame (Sydney), New South Wales.
Mary McCaskill, Paediatric Emergency Physician, Head of Emergency Department, Co-chair, Ambulatory and Emergency Programme, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead , New South Wales.
Type and scope of book
This is the Australasia version of the successful Nocton and Gedeit’s On Call Paediatrics 3rd Edition and the On Call series of medical textbooks. It is written and edited by experts on in pediatric Medicine in Australia and New Zealand.
The text is specifically aimed at pediatric doctors on call. However it is an easy read for either nursing or medical staff. Although the text is designed to assist medical personal, significant information can be pulled from it to encourage and assist nurses to easily identify the relevant “red flags”. It is a text that is well laid out and is an uncomplicated read for those with limited pediatric exposure to. Enabling them to grasp and comprehend the essential and relevant information that may be required.
Each chapter follows a similar format; essentially highlighting the relevant questions to raise that enables those involved to identify “red flags”. Another significant and clever area in each chapter is the identification of the potential and common life threatening situations that need to be excluded. This could be considered and viewed as a valuable resource to those involved in treating an unwell child, and holds essential information to those medical or nursing personal with limited pediatric experience.
The text is broken down into a number of chapters. Each chapter address a common and potential major pediatric symptom, condition or complication. The chapters are broken into sections that introduce the reader to the specific topic/problem
- The phone call of the problem.
- The significant questions to consider to identify the potential “red flags”,
- Relevant “corridor thoughts” to consider on the way to the patient,
- The essential bedside tests to undertake,
- The essential aspects of the physical exam to focus on,
- Investigations and formal tests that need to be considered,
- potential treatments,
- common diagnoses,
- Importantly the potential major threat to life possibilities.
- A remember section or summary for traps and alternate therapies and diagnosis
This book although compact, is well structured, simple to follow and easy to identify a section that specifically relevant to the reader. The book is easy to navigate through enabling the least experienced medical or nursing personal in pediatric medicine to find relevant information.
The structure throughout enables medical personal to understand and explore all possible avenues of a patient’s condition, to enable them to identify the specific cause or issue efficiently, to ultimately initiate relevant treatment within a timely manner.
The use of diagrams, pictures and tables also offer the reader a “quick reference guide”.
This text although specifically aimed at medical personal has the potential to benefit nurses and exposes them the vast possible pediatric conditions and complications.
Being a compact text that is loaded with powerful information, it is an essential resource that allows it to be carried around the hospital without weighing down the reader. It enables those that have the text on hand to use it a useful reference in aiding valuable and potentially lifesaving information to the reader.
The text is a soft cover, allowing easy wear and tear to occur for those that use the book often as a reference on the run. However the soft cover allows the book to be lighter in weight.
The pictures, diagrams and tables are in black and white, which may make it difficult to the reader to identify or make connections with relevant points.
This text is essential relevant to those medical or nursing personal that would utilise it during clinical practice. It is a quick reference guide and is quick and concise to the point. It would be an essential text to those with limited or rusty pediatric experience, be a nurse or a doctor.
Excellent, considering the reviewer has little pediatric experience. A great book to utilise as a quick reference guide to acute pediatric complications and conditions. A must for a person involved in pediatrics, especially junior medical officers and pediatric nurse new to the world of pediatric medicine.