Wednesday, 26 October 2016

A must for ED Radiographer

Self-assessment in Paediatric Musculoskeletal Trauma X-rays (Self-Assessment in X-rays) by [Sakthivel-Wainford, Karen]


 This book explores areas of paediatric trauma which are most commonly presented to A&E or minor injuries. A study guide with 125 cases and 25 new cases that practitioners may find difficult to interpret from films.


This is such an easy to follow guide with photographs of films highlighting fractures and abnormalities to look out for. The case studies ask the questions of the practitioner and instruct them to write a provisional image evaluation.
The radiographs are real and anonymised which adds weight to the studies.
The first chapter starts with non accidental injury and makes no apologies this can occur in any child and practitioners need to be aware ensuring the safeguard of the child is paramount. The practitioner is accountable.

The author is an Advanced Radiographer Practitioner working in the UK in a teaching hospital working in this field. The author knows and has researched her book well. This is well written. The layout of the book is reader friendly and has a good sized font.

Strengths and weaknesses:

There were no weaknesses this text book was reader friendly easy to follow would be ideal to use the case studies also in discrepancy meetings also. The reference section was up to date. Safeguarding was at the beginning of the book ensuring the child was at the forefront of everything the practitioners carry out. There is a good chapter giving brief but concise descriptions of paediatric fractures.  

I would have perhaps like to have seen reference to CQC and reporting mechanisms within Radiology to raise awareness.

Potential Readers:

This book is ideal for Radiographers, Radiographer Practitioner/Consultant, Nurse Practitioner, junior doctors and referring clinicians.  This book needs to be on the shelf in A&E and Radiology departments.

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