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Book review: Perioperative Practice Case Book

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Perioperative Practice Case Book

This book is a welcome addition to the field of perioperative practice, and enhances current knowledge of patient-centred care.

Although primarily aimed at operating department practitioners, the content is also relevant to nurses working in anaesthetics and post-anaesthetic care. In addition, the holistic approach towards the patient undergoing surgery is informative for nurses who care for patients pre and post-operatively, and allows insight for nurses who have not had experience of perioperative practice.

The introductory chapter on perioperative care explains the speciality well, and describes different roles. The subsequent chapters describe individual cases that have a focus with an enquiring style that encourages a reflective approach. Each case is outlined with an introduction and learning outcomes. The stop and think sections detail areas of wider learning and application to practice. The complexity of the

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Perioperative Practice Case Book

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This book is a welcome addition to the field of perioperative practice, and enhances current knowledge of patient-centred care.

Although primarily aimed at operating department practitioners, the content is also relevant to nurses working in anaesthetics and post-anaesthetic care. In addition, the holistic approach towards the patient undergoing surgery is informative for nurses who care for patients pre and post-operatively, and allows insight for nurses who have not had experience of perioperative practice.

The introductory chapter on perioperative care explains the speciality well, and describes different roles. The subsequent chapters describe individual cases that have a focus with an enquiring style that encourages a reflective approach. Each case is outlined with an introduction and learning outcomes. The ‘stop and think’ sections detail areas of wider learning and application to practice. The complexity of the cases increase as the book progresses, and although useful for readers new to the specialty, it does not mean they must be read in order.

The text is supported by comprehensive references and further reading that is current and from a variety of sources, providing additional opportunity for evidence-based knowledge.

Hannah Abbott and Stephen Wordsworth | Open University Press | 288pp | £24.99 | ISBN: 9780335263462

Reviewed by Tracey Radcliffe, clinical governance lead nurse, Ysbyty Glan Clwyd, Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board

 

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