Michael Kost. St Louis, Mo: Saunders; 2004. 334 pages; $46.95.

Moderate Sedation/Analgesia: Core Competencies for Practice is a self-contained volume of information across the spectrum of moderate sedation. The content is separated into 3 units. The first unit focuses on preprocedural patient care, which includes goals, definitions, practice standards and guidelines and patient assessment. Procedural patient care is the second unit, which includes pharmacology, medications and techniques, pharmacologic profiles of the different types of agents used, procedural monitoring, and airway management. This section also includes intravenous catheter insertion and fluids, as well as age-specific chapters for geriatric and pediatric patient care. The final unit addresses postsedation patient care, including monitoring and discharge criteria and, finally, risk management strategies around the administration of moderated sedation.

There are 6 appendices with the current guidelines, standards, and clinical competency materials. Although originally...

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