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Pocket Emergency Medicine (Pocket Notebook Series) [Ring-bound]

Richard D. Zane MD FAAEM , Joshua M. Kosowsky MD FACEP , Pooja Agrawal MD , Christopher H. LeMaster MD , Kalpana Narayan MD MSc , Heather R. Studley MD
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October 1, 2010 1605477311 978-1605477312 Second

Pocket Emergency Medicine contains the essential information that residents and medical students in the emergency department need to have at their fingertips. Major sections cover symptoms and diseases of each organ system as well as infectious diseases, environmental exposures, hematology and oncology, pediatric emergencies, the psychiatric patient, toxicology, airway management, and trauma.

Information is presented in concise, rapid-access format, with easy-to-scan bulleted lists and tables. Chapters follow a standard structure—differential diagnosis, history, classic findings, critical studies, ED interventions, pearls, and references. The six-ring binder can accommodate the student's or resident's own notes.

New topics covered in this edition include bioterrorism, distraction injuries, and indications for bedside emergency ultrasound. A special considerations section has been added to each chapter. Other new features include an acronym table, an introductory differential diagnosis table boxed for quick access, and an updated appendix with ACLS/PALS protocols, ICU medications, antibiotics, and formulas.

Please be advised of a correction to the Index. The listing for “Pulmonary Embolism and Deep Vein Thrombosis” currently lists 11-13, but it should be listed as 1-11, indicating the section number not the page number range.

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Product Details

  • Series: Pocket Notebook Series
  • Ring-bound: 288 pages
  • Publisher: LWW; Second edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605477311
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605477312
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 4.7 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for emergency medicine clerkship March 4, 2011
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This guide (Pocket Emergency Medicine 2nd edition) does not include as many references as the famous Pocket Medicine 4th edition, but as a fourth-year medical student interested in pursuing a career in academic emergency medicine, I'm impressed by its breadth and detail. It describes workups and differential diagnoses by presenting complaint, but each condition is indexed, so if you have a patient with a specific disease process (von Willebrand's Disease or nephrolithiasis, for example), you can find the disease in the index and then see the specific workup, management, and suggested disposition for that patient. Describes ED-specific management (eg., what to do in the initial hour of presentation) more than longitudinal management (Pocket Medicine is better for longitudinal management). Covers a huge number of complaints/conditions (it's slightly thicker than Pocket Medicine 4th edition) and contains a short section about various procedures (paracentesis, tube thoracostomy, central line placement, I&D, etc.) that are helpful refreshers. There are many citations, but more would be appreciated.

To clarify Pocket Medicine vs. Pocket Emergency Medicine, Pocket Medicine is not as easy to use in the ER because it's divided by diagnosis rather than by presenting symptoms. Many patients are undifferentiated in the ER, so it's more important to know how to work them up, and Pocket Emergency Medicine is much easier to use for undifferentiated patients because it's organized by symptoms rather than diagnoses.

Overall, not quite as polished as Pocket Medicine 4th edition (there are a few typos and abbreviations that aren't defined), but better than Pocket Medicine for the emergency department workup and management of patients.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Utter disappointment... =( December 7, 2010
By Jean
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I was so excited and looking forward to my Pocket Emergency Medicine 2011 2nd edition. I own the Pocket Medicine 4th Ed, the green one, and it is pure gold. I was excpecting a similar quality from this one, being from the same series and all. When i got it i saw so much blank space in the pages, so little information, and SO LITTLE REFERENCING... Not worth it. I am deeply disappointed. I am referring to the 2010-2011 version, 2ed.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars PA student rotation guide July 12, 2011
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This book came in handy for my Emergency Medicine Rotation for physician assistant school. Although it has a lot of information it's better used as a reference to come up with a DDx and Treatment plan after seeing a patient. The book size fit perfectly in my lab coat pocket. I definately recommend for any PA/NP/Med student.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb pocket reference March 12, 2011
I am an ER Physician Asst and LOVE this pocket reference. It is well organized by system, has s/sx, diagnostic options, and best treatment options (including dosages). It is the best for ER; and I prefer it over the Internal Med addition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the organization by CC. May 30, 2011
By Dr Jeff
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I use this as a CC and DD reference. Then after about 2 seconds of quickly looking at this book to confirm my knowledge I go to my computer resource to confim the more in depth testing and treatment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great improvement from previous December 14, 2010
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I have pretty much all the previous editions of the Pocket Notebooks, recently I got the new editions for the Pocket Medicine and also got the Pediatrics one, they are both excellent for a medical student, a busy resident or an attending as well.

This edition of the Pocket Emergency Medicine is a great example of improvement, the original black one was ok, this time around the authors got the design, re-wrote the hole book from cover to cover and updated the info. As with the others, great referencing job, tables and attachments. I am very satisfied with mine.

Beware, this is not your typical referencing book, if you own any of the other 2 you will understand this books are a collection of quick access pearls and knowledge, is NOT intended to be comprehensive or explanatory.

It gets 4/5 due to some areas of improvement in referencing and content (Dermatology/Ear/Toothache). It will be even better if the authors could add a small atlas like the Medicine one has, perhaps for fractures/casting/dermatology and use the back hard cover for an ACLS algorithm or such. Perhaps is asking too much for less than 1 lb book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for instant doubts. April 24, 2011
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Great book, as all the Pocket Medicine series (I have Internal and Pediatrics).
It gives you instant access to all the critical concepts.
I would say it has excessive abbreviations, and a glossary would be ok to add, as the internal medicine one has.
Good choice to carry on with you while doing clerkships.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed October 28, 2011
By jrf
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I am a big fan of Pocket Medicine and was disappointed by this book. There is a big lack of references and it is badly out of date. I prefer 5 Minute Clinical Consult on the iphone to this book.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Too simple
pretty simplistic, with very little references or images - too dumbed down, needs to be more like the green version
Published 3 months ago by Aaron Goldstein
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book for ER rotations
I wasn't able to rely on pocket internal medicine for this rotation because that isn't categorized by symptom/complaint. Pocket EM is, which made it monumentally more useful. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jonathan Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have
Great reference for providers in Emergency Medicine. Easy and fast to use on an iPad or iPhone. You will not be sorry for purchasing this product,
Published 6 months ago by annahay
5.0 out of 5 stars I won't be without it.
Outstanding for students on ER rotations. I still use it as a PA who takes ER call in the frontier hospitals of Montana. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Edna Streit
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Good book, haven't gone through the entire book yet but seems very helpful. Great for medical students doing senior EM rotation. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Medstudent
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice backup
This is not the best "pocket" emergency medicine book I've ever seen but it sure does have a lot of helpful pearls in there. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Jessica Yarger
5.0 out of 5 stars good product
the deliver is on time,
the package is intact,
the book is well-protected,and very convenient for me to take in the pocket
Published 14 months ago by eggwit
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Emergency Medicine book
Good book for Emergency medicine rotation. Good book for Emergency medicine rotation. Good book for Emergency medicine rotation. Excellent book for Emergency medicine rotation.
Published 16 months ago by Chad Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars Pick it up!
Able to find information quickly for the upcoming ER physician. Great for any student looking into emergency medicine. Easily reviewed while working.
Published 17 months ago by Red
3.0 out of 5 stars Same great reference but suboptimal interface
The content is golden, but the page displays are much less visual than hoped, making it harder to find desired information. Read more
Published 20 months ago by EM Resident
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