Roberts and Hedges’ Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine and Acute Care 7th edition 2019
The Roberts and Hedges’ Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine and Acute Care 7th edition 2019 continues the book’s original concept of providing complete, very detailed, and up-to-date descriptions of many ordinary, and some uncommon, procedures encountered during emergency medicine and acute care practice. The novice may find the discussions and figures devoted to the many methods somewhat daunting or overwhelming at first, but it is hoped that most will eventually appreciate the simple debate and complicated verbiage contained in the text.
The goal of the Roberts and Hedges’ Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine and Acute Care 7th edition 2019 book is to describe clinical procedures—from the simple Steri-Strip application, to loop drainage of an abscess, to tracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation, to skull trephination—as though each was the nascent clinician’s first exposure to the concept, but with a depth and attention to detail that the seasoned operator would also deem helpful.
In previous editions, it was difficult to find figures or photographs that conveyed the details or elucidated the vagaries to the extent one might want. The newly added color photographs, mostly digital quality, and a cornucopia of additional figures were a much-needed update and morphed this edition into a distinct improvement over previous iterations. To make the text more user-friendly, procedure boxes have been created, comprising a mini-atlas that allows the clinician to see the entire procedure at a glance.
One can even bring the text to the bedside, viewing a single page of sequential images, the quintessential teaching tool for house staff and students.
This Roberts and Hedges’ Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine and Acute Care 7th edition 2019 book does not attempt to define the standard of care. The clinician should remember these caveats if involved in a medicolegal scenario. It contains practical hints and successful tactics gleaned from the literature and by years of practice, adeptly described by skilled clinicians. As with previous editions, this version also significantly incorporates the personal opinions and experience of the authors and editors. But this text is merely a clinical guide, not a legal document. Do not reference this book if you testify in court, for either the defense or the plaintiff.
Today’s dogma too often becomes tomorrow’s heresy, and physician hubris is worse than incompetence. Simply
stated, emergency medicine and acute care, and the human body also often defy the written word, personal opinion, or local custom and humble even the venerable and the universally praised gray-haired professor.