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September 10, 1982

Recovery Room Care: Principles and Practice, Design and Equipment, Staffing and Patient Care

JAMA. 1982;248(10):1246. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330100072042

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The information contained in this text is of general interest to those involved with anesthesia, intensive care, and general medicine as well as the care of patients in the recovery room. The text is well organized and easy to read. The early chapters deal with the design of the recovery room, necessary equipment, the managing and staffing of the recovery room, and the delegation of authority therein. Each dovetails into the next with some repetition, which the editors felt was necessary to maintain continuity of thought. Later chapters cover specific problems that may be encountered during the care of a patient in the recovery period. The information is succinct, and pertinent tables and graphs are used to illustrate the points under discussion. The diagnosis and management of problems dealing with ventilation, circulation, and fluid replacement are covered, as well as the special care of the cardiac, neurosurgical, and pediatric patient.