From Resuscitation Through Rehabilitation (Fourth Edition)
Karen A. McQuillan
RN, MS, CCRN, CNRN, Clinical Nurse Specialist, R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Mary Beth Flynn Makic
RN, PhD, CNS, CCNS, CCRN, Research Nurse Specialist/Educator, Assistant Professor, Adjoint, University of Colorado Hospital and University of Colorado at Denver, College of Nursing, Aurora, CO
RN, BSN, MHA, Vice President, Trauma, Emergency and Perioperative Services, University Medical Center, Tucson, AZ
Saunders Elsevier St Louis Missouri USA 2009
Type and Scope of Book
This is large multicollaborative trauma text book. It covers the wide base of knowledge from anatomy and physiology to physical nursing actions that underpins expert trauma care. It is written by experts in the field of trauma nursing in the USA.
Part 1 -General Concepts in Trauma Nursing
Evolution of the Trauma Cycle
Economic and Administration Issues in Trauma Care
Performance Improvement and Patient Safety
Ethics in Trauma Nursing
Legal Concerns in Trauma Nursing
Prehospital Care of the Trauma Patient
Mass Casualty incidents
Nursing Practice through the Cycle
Rehabilitation of the Trauma Patient
Part 2 –Clinical Management Concepts
Mechanism of Injury
Shock and Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome
Initial Management of Trauma Shock
Infection and Infection Control
Wound Healing and Soft Tissue Injuries
Analgesia, Sedation, and Neuromuscular Blockage in the Trauma Patient
Psychological Impact of Trauma
Part 3 –Single System Injuries
Traumatic Brain Injuries
Spinal Cord Injuries
Genitourinary Injuries and Renal Management
Part 4 Unique Patient Populations
The Pregnant Trauma Patient
Trauma in the Elderly
Trauma in the Bariatric Patient
Substance Abuse and Trauma Care
The Organ and Tissue Donor
The text book provides a comprehensive coverage of care and the issues that are associated with Trauma Care. Each chapter and sections within examine in detail the care and issues surrounding trauma care.
The break up the text into its component parts allows easy referencing. I like the format of the book as it moves from the general and overall knowledge to the specific focused interventions.
The language and writing used although American is simple to understand. The knowledge is progressed from the simply to the complex and allows the reader to develop and understand the knowledge.
The book is well referenced so current standards of practice are examined and best practice methods are presented.
As with all American Text books a certain amount of deciphering needs to be taken into account of in the language of the writing. The statistics are of course American and therefore not as useful to local needs.
As with all American Text books there is little incite to what happens in the larger world. It would have not taken much to include to world in the scope of the book.
The book contains an Anatomy and Physiology section at the start of the single systems chapter. I could not see the point of this when the injury text does not directly relate to the A&P section.
More diagrams could have been included to simplifier and add engagement to some of the content presented. The lack of pictures and diagrams in certain sections make it a bland book to read at times. Many drawings are borrowed from other sources and I have seen them in other text books. Most were in the A&P section and I am not sure completely relevant to rest of the text.
It would provide an excellent secondary cross reference for those students undertaking post graduate studies. It would need to be referenced with other work, articles and text books currently available.
I was impressed with the book overall. The text book grew on this reviewer during its reading.
The high standard of the text allows users to be able to include knowledge for university or other post graduate studies. It has the ability to positive influence care.
The book provides the reader with currency of best practice knowledge and expert care. The comprehensive approach to the book allows it to covers most aspects and current discussions in trauma care.
The book though does need to be used and interpreted due to American content and language.