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  • 2nd edition
  • Edited by Daniel Rodger, Senior Lecturer in Perioperative Practice, London South Bank University, Kevin Henshaw, Associate Head of Allied Health Professions, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Paul Rawling, Senior Lecturer in Perioperative Practice, Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, Scott Miller, Consultant Anaesthetist, St Helens and Knowsley Hospitals NHS Trust
Cambridge University Press
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August 2022
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A thoroughly revised second edition providing the knowledge and evidence-base needed for the perioperative practitioner, clarifying the underlying principles needed for an understanding of anaesthetic, surgical, and recovery practice. This book defines the level of knowledge required for perioperative practitioners and provides a comprehensive reference to the principles and practice of modern operating department practice. Featuring a diverse range of topics, it offers a multidisciplinary overview of new techniques and technologies, changes in medico-legal requirements, changes to professional accountability, and requirements for continuous professional development. Twelve new chapters cover healthcare ethics and professional regulation, health and safety, infection prevention and control, basic patient monitoring, human factors, and perioperative care of the paediatric patient. Incorporating a new focus on the provision of evidence-based practice and holistic care in all areas of perioperative care, this invaluable book is essential reading for anyone working in this sector, in both education and practice.


‘This second edition is a much-anticipated modernisation of a classic book within the perioperative educational environment that should appear on the bookshelf of every student and educator. It is easy-to-read and contains diagrams, tables and photographs to support the written content. The first edition been updated to support the graduate workforce within perioperative practice, with chapters covering everything from the design of the operating department and decontamination and sterilisation to the management of perioperative medical emergencies within the operating department. The list of contributors reads like a who's who within the world of perioperative education and practice in the modern healthcare environment, and each of the 39 chapters links theory and practice within the perioperative environment with the detail we have come to know and expect from the previous edition.'

Giles Farrington Source: RODP PGCHPE FHEA MAcadMEd, Senior ODP Critical Care and Resuscitation, York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

‘Fundamentals of Operating Department Practice is a must-have addition to any perioperative practitioner's literature collection. The first edition of this text was my “go to” resource when studying to become an Operating Department Practitioner, but what this second edition demonstrates is how the perioperative practitioner role has evolved, and continues to evolve. This text has been revised with the aim to be much more informative, utilising the current best evidence-based practice, written by the multidisciplinary subject matter experts. The wide-ranging topics this text includes will be of benefit to both pre- registration and post-registration perioperative practitioners, and offers information on some of the most challenging aspects of perioperative practice. It is thorough in its approach and layout and is an enjoyable and informative read.'

Mark Cannan - MSc, BSc (Hons), Dip HE (ODP), Advanced Critical Care Practitioner (ACCP) and ODPs, North Cumbria Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

‘This really is a go-to textbook for all students, the newly qualified and those ODPs further along in their career. All the essential topics are covered, along with many more you may not regularly practise in. The authors provide all the up-to-date information, in easy-to-understand language that will help you to refresh your knowledge and maintain your HCPC standards.'

Angela Lösekann - Perioperative Practitioner Team Leader, Education and Training LeadOxford National Organ Retrieval team, Churchill Hospital, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

‘This new edition of Fundamentals of Operating Department Practice is a must for all student ODPs, as well as being a valuable resource for qualified ODPs. The writing is clear and concise and not too jargon-heavy, making it an accessible resource for all.'

Samantha Kimberley - Operating Department Practitioner, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

‘This second edition is a textbook for both registered practitioners working in perioperative practice and students on pre-registration ODP and nursing courses. Chapters are organised so that readers can work through the content in a way that mirrors the patient's perioperative journey. Alternatively, chapters can easily be accessed independently as required for revision or reference. It excels in its holistic approach towards patient care, and is inclusive of subjects that students may find challenging in practice; the chapters concerning perioperative cardiac arrest and care of patients after death are particularly well considered. A useful resource for academics to support the planning of teaching and learning, and practice supervisors and mentors will find ideas and prompts for conversations with students in practice.'

Joanna Holland - RN DipN BA (Hons) MSc FHEA, Lecturer, BSc Nursing, School of Sport & Health Sciences, University of Brighton, Theatre Nurse, Royal Sussex County Hospital, University Hospitals Sussex

‘The 2nd edition of Fundamentals of Operating Department Practice is an excellent resource for both ODP students as well as more experienced ODPs looking to refresh their knowledge. Whilst the emphasis is on important clinical, equipment and monitoring topics, there are some excellent chapters on non-clinical issues aspects such as Ethics, the Law and infection control which are relevant to all staff working in the operating department. Writing a comprehensive book like this is not an easy task and the authors should be very proud of producing a superb text and that will be an invaluable resource to all ODPs.'

Anil Hormis - Consultant in Anaesthesia & Critical Care Medicine, The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust

'It was a pleasure to be given the opportunity to read the second edition of the Fundamentals of Operating Department Practice. The size and scope of this book serves to highlight the complexity of modern perioperative care and the enormous amount of knowledge that a student in perioperative practice must master. As such, this volume is a go to resource for those seeking to understand the fundamental principles that underpin practice and, most importantly, the care of the perioperative patient. It is not only students who will benefit from the information in this book, there is much between the covers that established practitioners will find informative.'

Bill Kilvington - FCODP, FRCA, Patient Safety Lead, The College of Operating Department Practitioners

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