Review of Your Guide To Paediatric Anaesthesia, Craig Sims & Chris Johnson


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Every so often, a book comes along that is a 'must have’ for trainees, and this book by authors from the Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth, Australia, is exactly that and more.

Pediatric Anesthesia March 2012, v22 page 297

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Review of Your Guide To Paediatric Anaesthesia, Craig Sims & Chris Johnson

  1. 1. Pediatric Anesthesia ISSN 1155-5645BOOK REVIEWYour Guide to Paediatric AnaesthesiaEdited by Craig Sims & Chris Johnson McGraw HillMedical Australia, 2011 ISBN-10 007100022-4Every so often, a book comes along that is a ‘must- and managing the pediatric airway. The scientific basishave’ for trainees, and this book by authors from the of practice is beautifully covered in chapters on phar-Princess Margaret Hospital for Children in Perth, Aus- macology, fluid therapy, and equipment. Resuscitation,tralia, is exactly that and more. This book is so practi- acute pain management, and regional anesthesia arecally oriented with sensible, safe advice based on a core topics and concisely covered. The implications formass of clinical experience that it is an ideal primer for the anesthetist of respiratory diseases, chronic child-anesthetic trainees about to embark on a pediatric hood illnesses, and congenital syndromes are summa-attachment but has enough detail to act as a revision rized with good references to further reading for moretext for exams. It could also be a useful refresher for detail. Nice chapters on anesthesia for neonatal andestablished senior staff and in particular those who pediatric general surgery are followed by the specialtieshave a mixed pediatric and adult practice or who are and systems. I particularly liked that the common sce-occasionally called upon to look after children. I think narios are well covered and given prominence, forour operating theater and recovery room staff could example removal of airway foreign body. Critical ill-also use this book to gain a better understanding of ness and management of the severely ill and injuredwhat is involved in our specialty. In particular, anes- child are summarized well. I was particularly pleasedthetic nurses and operating department practitioners to see a chapter on procedural sedation and alsowould find this book really useful. sensible advice regarding the anesthetist’s role in child So what is so great about it? First, it is very clearly protection.and consistently laid out with loads of summary tables, So I think this book will gain a well-deserved popu-highlighted key points, and practical tips and illus- larity among trainees and other staff and also amongtrated with simple, effective graphics. In accord with senior staff for Continuing Professional Developmentmodern learning theory, you get an overview right at and as a revalidation refresher. Many will feel a twingethe beginning, and the top 12 current issues in the field of jealousy: some will wish they had had such a bookare headlined. The reader is encouraged to regularly when they were embarking on their pediatric anesthe-reflect on what they have read by working through sia careers while others (me included) will wish theyreview questions, and the bibliographies for each chap- had written this book!!ter are helpfully laid out as selected key reviews orarticles by subtopic. These are drawn from the world- Neil S. Mortonwide literature and are remarkably up to date. Further Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia,reading is effectively directed by this approach. Refer- Royal Hospital for Sick Children,ences are not cited in-text, and this helps the easy Glasgow G3 8SJ,readability of the book. The content is excellent and Scotland, UKwell prioritised with coverage early on of the two main Email: neilmorton@mac.comthings that spook novices about children: understand-ing their behavior at different developmental stages doi: 10.1111/j.1460-9592.2011.03779.xª 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd 297Pediatric Anesthesia 22 (2012) 297