Pocket Guide: Gerontologìe Assessment. Lueckenotte AG, St. Louis, Mo, CV Mosby Co, 1990, 288 pages, softcover, $1 7.95.
In today's practice settings, nurses must have specific skills for assessing older adults. This 4 in X 7 in spiral pocket guide provides all the necessary interviewing and assessment data in a clear, concise format. The text's goal is to identify client strengths and limitations so that effective and appropriate nursing interventions can be delivered to promote optimal functioning and prevent disability and dependence.
The first two chapters include special considerations affecting assessment, such as the environment, the person's balance within that environment, and its influence on the individual's health status, as well as interviewing techniques to alert the nurse to focus on key areas of the physical exam. Chapter 3 focuses on fundamental physical assessment skills. Chapters 4 through 16 present an assessment of body systems and include illustrations of relevant anatomy and physiology.
The two column format is easy to follow. The first column identifies the exam sequence with descriptions of pertinent examination techniques, including instrumentation. The second column identifies normal age-related findings and highlights deviations from normal. Photographs, illustrations, and tables add to the clarity of the information presented.
This is a "must have" text for nurses, student nurses, and nurse practitioners in acute care, long-term care, and community settings who are challenged with meeti ng the needs of the older adult population.