Editor: Susan M. Oliver
Demand for orthopaedic treatment has grown steadily for the last twenty years in terms of the number of interventions per head of the population (DH, 2005) and is predicted to continue to rise. Orthopaedic and rheumatology nursing requires skilled knowledge in this specialist field.
The Oxford Handbook of Musculoskeletal Nursing from Oxford University Press is a little gem which is absolutely packed with easily accessible information for use in practice. Whilst containing a vast amount of information on orthopaedic conditions, their prevalence, signs and symptoms, diagnostic tests and treatment options; its format makes it quick and simple to find what you need; and its design makes it appropriate to take to work for use in practice.
Although written specifically for nurses, I think this book would be invaluable for anyone working in the field. Divided into 21 chapters a vast array of orthopaedic conditions is explained, from osteoarthritis to connective tissue diseases. In addition to disease specific information there are chapters on holistic and patient-centred care, rapid access and emergency issues and care in the community. There are useful practical self-management options that can be shared with patients which fit with the model of ‘care in partnership’ we are all trying to establish.
The use of diagrams, tables and anatomy and physiology explanations make this book particularly easy to use, and enhances understanding of the disease processes as a result. I would like to have seen more information about joint arthroplasty, in particular hip and knee replacements, as this forms a large part of the services offered by orthopaedic service providers.
I particularly like the holistic approach to patient care this book takes and as a Matron in trauma and orthopaedics would be happy to recommend it to both new and experienced Nurses in the field of musculoskeletal nursing.
Oxford University Press; 1st edition (2009)
Debra Larsen RGN, ONC, DHSM, BSc (Hons)
Matron in trauma and orthopaedics