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Understanding Anesthesia – What You Need to Know about Sedation and Pain Control
Author: Steven Orebaugh
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
This informative, well-written resource will help students and nurses understand the essentials of anaesthetic procedures.
Steven Orebaugh, associate professor of anaesthesiology and critical care at the University of Pittsburgh’s school of medicine in the United States, provides explanations of the medical terminology, risk assessments and comparisons between general and regional anaesthesia.
Professor Orebaugh also provides reassurance to patients requiring anaesthesia, answering questions and giving advice to assist a healthy recovery.
The chapters are broken down into sub-sections, making it easy for readers to find answers to specific questions. The section on regional anaesthesia for special populations is particularly informative, with clear explanations of anaesthetic procedures on children. There are useful sections relating to pregnant women, older people and patients with obstructive sleep apnoea.
The black and white illustrations are not as eye-catching or appealing as they would be in colour, but serve to demonstrate procedures and support the text. The tables are concise and the key points are straightforward.
This is a useful resource for those with little knowledge of anaesthesia.
Reviewer: Oliver McGurk
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