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G Jones, R Endacott, R Crouch. (Pp 182; £24.50). Greenwich Medical Media, London, 2003. ISBN 1-84110-081-1
Prepare yourself for a whistle stop tour through A&E! This book gives a good overall view of emergency nursing. It provides a valuable insight into issues as diverse as the emergency care of the child and adolescent to dealing with major disasters.
It is easy to read and well set out, although in certain sections the clarity of the book is marred by the overuse of tables. The book provides background information as well as acting as a quick reference guide to assist the practitioner in practice.
The text takes into account the many recent changes in emergency care policy driven by the Department of Health and therefore is “up to date” and relevant on a national basis. It is well referenced and offers a good guide to evidence based practice.
It would be an ideal text for anyone wishing to enter the Faculty of Emergency Nursing, especially at level W and as such is an excellent book for students and staff new to emergency nursing. Certain aspects of this book, for example, “Emergency Care of the Older Person”, would be particularly useful to personnel involved in prehospital care such as paramedic practitioners.
Anyone wishing to specialise in a specific area of emergency care, for example, minor injury, would need to access specialist text. However, this is true of any general A&E text, as it would take someone with the proportions of Arnold Schwarzenegger to lift a book with everything in it!
The authors have succeeded in writing a book that fills a gap in the market, is “uncluttered” by irrelevance, and will be valued by many emergency care practitioners.