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by Jinhee Nguyen, RN MSN
Clinical Nurse Specialist

by Andrew Maruoka, RN MS CEN
Clinical Nurse III
E.R. Clinical Reference 2nd Edition
by Martin Schiavenato, RN BSN MS
ISBN 1929693192
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Andrew

Content:
The Quick-E guide covers a broad range of topics, including lab value interpretation, physical assessment algorithms, treatment guidelines, chemical and biological weapon information, and some drip tables. The information contained is extensive and accurate, though some users might tend to disagree with some of the treatment guidelines. For example, the Quick-E recommends inducing vomiting followed by gastric lavage as treatment for some poisonings. However, some current research has shown induced emesis and gastric lavage to be of limited value and dissuade its use.

Much of the information contained with in
the Quick-E would be more useful to a
student who is learning critical care nursing. The guide focuses heavily on assessment skills and fundamental emergency care.
This is critical information for novice nurses in the emergency setting to have.

The guide focuses only on adult emergency medicine and fails to address any pediatric related problems. It would be helpful if the author had included a pediatric resuscitation section, as this is an area that most emergency nurses get relatively little exposure to. Additionally, a section on common drugs and dosages for the pediatric population would be extremely useful.

Organization:
The reference guide is well organized with a comprehensive table of contents. It follows a logical system based format, starting with topics that for a basis of what an ED nurse should know, such as normal and abnormal lab values. Quite useful is a table containing cardiac enzymes values for normal as well as infarcting hearts. The guide is heavily dependent on tables such as this, which helps the user find information rapidly and accurately.

Overview:
I would recommend this guide for anyone new to emergency nursing. Though it does not cover every topic, to which the author makes no claim, it certainly contains a lot of useful information. For a guide to be relevant, the author must select a target audience and tailor the information to maximize usefulness. What might be more useful to expert nurses, such as a book full of drip charts, procedural sedation guidelines, drug reference, and treatment algorithms for children and adults, would not be as useful to a new nurse learning basic assessment skills.

Jinhee

As a pocket size guide, this is too big
(It will fit large pockets in scrubs or lab coats, however), and a little difficult to maneuver through the book.  Sections
are divided by single sheets of heavy colored paper cut to the same trim, and
one must refer to the contents page for the color code. It might have been more user friendly if page edges were colored or labeled tabs provided. This is balanced by the reasonable price.

It contains tons of information in table format which I love. Information presented concisely. Once one finds the topic/subject looked for, the information was right there; but, it was harder to find topics quickly.

The layout is too complicated for student/novice level. This is more for experienced practitioners since it does not contain any explanations.

Information presented seems pretty current (i.e., ACLS guidelines up to date).

It's very factual and tons of infromation in concise format. The EKG and lab values sections are especially useful.

This reference guide is very similar to many previously published reference guides out there. Is this one any better?
I think the core information contained in this guide is wonderful but if it were
meant to be a pocket guide, color tabs and color headings might have enhanced the appearance and made the search a lot
more easy.

Recommend this guide? Sure.

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by Jinhee Nguyen, RN MSN
Clinical Nurse Specialist

by Andrew Maruoka, RN MS CEN
Clinical Nurse III

Spanish Guide Clinical Nursing Reference
by Martin Schiavenato, RN BSN MS
ISBN 1929693214

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Andrew

For anyone who has ever taken care of a patient that does not speak the nurse's same language, the experience can be frustrating, not to mention dangerous. Sometimes, all
one needs is a few key words, or maybe a phrase or two that can be answered with a
yes or no in order to provide optimal care
for a patient. The Quick-E Spanish Guide
is a good first step toward communication nirvana.

The guide is well organized, with groupings
of words that pertain to physical assessment, history, and other topics. Missing from the guide are quick reference tabs that would
take a user directly to a particular section
of the book. While trying out some of the phrases and words with native Spanish speakers, most words and phrases were understood. However, as with any language, some of the native speakers were confused with certain phrases, mainly as a result of local dialect variation.

While there are many different Spanish guides in publication, the Quick-E Spanish guide contains phrases and words one would most likely use in the emergency setting.
The downside of being comprehensive is that the book tends to weight down one's trousers when added to all the other reference cards, books, and gear that the typical emergency nurse carries. Perhaps a smaller, more condensed version would fit in the pocket better.

Overall, the Quick-E Spanish guide is a useful tool, especially if one has some
Spanish language background and just
needs a refresher on some phrases and
words. For the true novice speaker, his
or her time and money would be better
spent taking a Spanish course at the local community college. It is also helpful to practice before actually using it on a patient. ┐Comprende?

Jinhee

As a pocket size guide, this is too big
(It will fit large pockets in scrubs or lab coats, however). The layout of the pocket size might have been more user friendly
if colors were added to highlight sections; tabs on the side might have been very helpful too.

This can be used by any medical professional. Very good reference!

This is a very nicely packaged Spanish guide book for medical professionals.
I love the medical pictures and sample questions used frequently for performing assessment. But, color tabs and headings would have made this guide better. I definitely recommend this reference guide.

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