Fluids and Electrolytes Made Incredibly Easy! (Incredibly Easy! Series) Paperback – 1 Jul 2010
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Lecturer, School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University, Karen Vipond -- "An excellent text. It is the only text that I have come across that relates difficult physiological concepts in an easy to understand way which is also related to nursing practice. It will enable students to see the physiological process behind what they are measuring and the effect that nursing intervention can have on the body. Well written and at the right academic level for nursing students."-Karen Vipond, Lecturer, School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University, Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales, UK Senior Lecturer, Anglia Ruskin University, Pauline Kingston --"I consider this book very different from other textbooks - it is extremely student friendly."
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1. balancing basics - how the kidneys work, the different fluid compartments, Interestingly there is even sections on ABG's
2. fluid and electrolyte imbalances - sodium, potassium, calcium, phosphorus
3. disorders that cause imbalances - heart failure, respiratory failure, acute pancreatitis, renal failure.
4. treating imbalances.
This book covers topics about fluids in general, such as how the kidney works along with its physiology, but not too detailed to the point where you loose interest or get lost in the text.
It also covers topics that you see regularly in the hospital setting such as heart failure, hypo, hyper (kalemia, natremia etc).
Easy section, for example hypernatremia; has the theory bits (about how salt is maintained in the body) and the most common clinical presentations (high, low etc) which each bit having topics like "management, what next, signs" etc.
At the end of the section there is some Q&A's to help get you thinking. There is also a section on how to document in the notes and memory aids (including pictures).
I have to say this is a excellent book, that covers a section of medicine/nursing care that really isnt taught well enough these days. And im sure this will come in useful for final year medics, foundation year doctors and nurse practitioners (as well as though who have an interest in fluids).
The book is easy to follow, easy to read, you can read through a section in minutes! , its not too in depth or shallow in terms of detail and has ample illustrations of key points
Although I came to nursing later in life, I've been a clinical nurse specialist (mental health) and have mentored student nurses for a few years now; I have a good standard of education to both degree and post graduate level in both nursing and other areas that interest me that enables me to critique this kind of book.
For me this book is excellent and fit for use by both qualified nurses of all branches as well as students. Whilst it may not be as accessible as the title suggests; you do have to work at it this is not a skim read, the depth of knowledge which can be gained comes through working diligently through the book and asking questions as how this can be applied to practice.
It for me passes the academic text book test; in that it informs, tests understanding and allows time for review and reflection before taking the reader forward to build on that acquired knowledge and is well balanced doing enough to stop the reader becoming bored.
The product description supplied above in the product page is very accurate and for once actually matches the experience and doesn't need me to repeat it here.
I would recommend this book to all nurses. My one gripe with books of this type, beyond the use of incredibly easy, is that they aren't pocket sized so they can be carried on the ward. This book in a reference size similar to say the Oxford Clinical reference guides that medics use (with the obligatory wipe clean plastic and virtually indestructible covers) would be fantastic, or even if it came with a set of bullet point laminated pocket sized cards that would also be good. Possibly more actual case studies would be a useful addition, but in my opinion the book is well worth the money as it stands. My copy will find its way onto the ward I work on.
I would also recommend this book to anyone working as a professional allied to health who wants to increase their knowledge around this subject area using an accessible text.
It is brilliant but simple and I will recommend it !
I wish I had had it when I was training .
I must admit - I wished the book had been around in my early days, when information was written academically and rather straight-lined and you had to read another droll book to get the cross associations and impacts.
The book is laid out in useful sections - as detailed by another reviewer already - so its great for chunk sized learning and even better - reference.
The style of the book with copious and excellent diagrams is absolutely brilliant (again I sadly missed that in my education)
I love the sections on heart failure, respiratory failure, acute pancreatitis,and the treatment of imbalance is very good indeed.
My daughter is a student nurse and quite honestly I don't believe the instructors understood the subject in the one afternoon the students had on this complex subject and she didn't manage to convey any comprehension of the subject whatsoever.
As is usual with current Nursing Education, the parents taught the hard way have to fill in the gaps.
I'd recommend this book for students and current practitioners - especially those without knowledgeable parents(!)
as even I have re-learnt a few things from the book.
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