Nursing Care of Geriatric Emergencies by Christine Wanich Bradway, 1996, New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company, 292 pages, $44.95, hardcover
The preface of Nursing Care of Geriatric Emergencies states that it is intended as a resource for nurses who practice in outpatient-community, hospital, extended care, and other institutional settings. At first read, the minutiae of the references contained within the text interrupted reading by creating disjointed concepts. Further, on a second read the case study became lost in the ensuing discussion leaving this reader looking for a common thread to tie up the variables discussed.
Organized to discuss 13 geriatric emergencies, each contributor provided a case study. Arguably the case study was meant to set the stage for the ensuing discussion, however this was not the case. The information which follows each case study presents as an anthology of references to support the writing. For example, the first geriatric emergency discussed is acute congestive heart failure. The case study presents three brief paragraphs followed by 14 pages which describe this condition without any reference to the case study. The reader was left wanting the variables presented in the case study to be linked to each area discussed, but this was not the case.
This reader found the writing to be cumbersome and not readily useful as a reference when considering a variety of factors attributed to geriatric emergencies. The index lists cellulitis as found on pages 84 and 85. Page 84 contains the word cellulitis. Cellulitis is found only after reading three-quarters of the page. Cellulitis is found again, little more than mid page, on page 85 buried in a discussion of "infections of soft tissue and skin."
This reader did not find this publication useful as a resource, but rather as an anthology of "references" used to discuss certain aspects of identified geriatric emergencies.