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Excellent info but...
on January 16, 2014
The information in here is excellent and well-researched but I could not believe how little attention is paid to one of the areas that deal with patients in pain constantly, namely the ED! We get little mention, which is unfortunate, because studies show we do not do a good job managing patients in pain overall. The other thing I really do not like is the spiral binding. This book is to heavy and cumbersome for that type of binding. You need a large flat surface to lay it on if you are going to do any serious perusing.
What I did like was that it addresses controversies in pain management, and dispells the many myths surrounding the use of narcotics for acute pain and for chronic non-cancer pain. It also provides excellent material on dealing with the very difficult patient that never has a doctor that is available, always needs narcotics in specific amounts, then runs out way too early.
This book really is the gold standard for nurses when it comes to assessing and managing pain, but it needs to get rid of the spiral binding and give us some info on the ED setting.