The Intra-aortic Balloon Pumping Manual by Penny J. Ford, RN, and Ronald M. Weintraub, MD, should be a welcome addition to the hospitals now employing this type of system. For a number of years, intra-aortic balloon pumping has been going through developmental stages. Along with this, printed instructions were largely developed by each institution. It is gratifying to see that a very complete manual on balloon pumping is now available.
Clearly and concisely written, it explores the physiology of balloon pumping and the indications as they have changed over the years at the Beth Israel Hospital, Boston. In addition, there are excellent descriptions of the balloon and the console, along with specific instructions on insertion of the balloon. The section on troubleshooting will prove to be particularly helpful to the personnel. It is an excellent manual, not only for those with experience with balloon pumping but particularly for those institutions