Nurses working in perioperative settings encounter patients in their most vulnerable state amid an intense and fast-paced environment. Essentials of Perioperative Nursing covers a broad array of topics that are vital to this unique specialty. Arranged in a sequence that follows the typical surgical encounter, from preoperative evaluation through postanesthesia care, the book gives detailed instruction on the nurse’s role in preventing complications and promoting patient safety.

The final chapter focuses on the operative environment and includes the latest regulatory requirements as well as nursing responsibilities in managing hazardous exposures. Sample forms for operating room documentation, photographs and diagrams of surgical equipment, and multiple-choice tests at the end of each chapter enhance the reader’s learning. There are few resources specific to the perioperative setting and this book would be an excellent gift to anyone considering a career in that specialty.

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