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  • 66 b/w illus. 128 tables
  • Page extent: 704 pages
  • Size: 228 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.93 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 616.02/8
  • Dewey version: 22
  • LC Classification: RC86.8 .H543 2004
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Critical care medicine--Handbooks, manuals, etc
    • Intensive Care--methods--Handbooks
    • Acute Disease--therapy--Handbooks
    • Intensive Care Units--Handbooks

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521789806 | ISBN-10: 052178980X)

This new edition provides an accessible account of the essentials of intensive care medicine. The core of the book focuses on areas common to all critically ill patients including fluid therapy, sedation, shock, infection and other central topics. This key understanding of basic pathophysiological principles provides an excellent launch pad for the section on individual disease entities encompassing haematology, gastroenterology, nephrology, endocrinology, the respiratory system, cardiovascular pathology, poisoning and neurology. Economic and ethical issues are also covered, and the text is supported by numerous problem-oriented guidelines to help the care provider tackle real-life practical problems as encountered in the ICU. In the same spirit, wherever possible, the authors provide precise and meaningful advice, rather than bland generalisations. This new edition reflects the excitement, challenges and uniqueness of intensive care medicine, for the benefit of all residents, trainees, nursing staff and paramedics attached to the ICU.

• Numerous 'troubleshooting' guides to dealing with real-life clinical scenarios in the ICU • Aimed at junior doctors who quickly need to know how to get fully up to speed in this challenging speciality • Explains principles of clinical intensive care to help understand the specifics of caring for these patients


Preface to first edition; Preface to second edition; 1. A systematic approach to caring for the seriously ill; 2. Organisation of an Intensive Care Unit; 3. Routine care of the seriously ill; 4. Fluid therapy and electrolytes; 5. Nutrition and metabolism; 6. Acid base balance; 7. Sedation, analgesia and muscle relaxants; 8. Shock and anaphylaxis; 9. Multiorgan failure; 10. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation; 11. Body temperature disorders; 12. Transport of the seriously ill; 13. Infection; 14. Trauma; 15. Poisoning; 16. Acute respiratory failure; 17. Interpretation of the portable chest film; 18. Specific respiratory problems; 19. Ventilatory techniques; 20. Cardiorespiratory monitoring; 21. Acute cardiovascular failure; 22. Specific cardiovascular problems; 23. Acute cranial disasters; 24. Specific intercranial problems; 25. Critical care neurology; 26. Acute renal failure; 27. Critical care gastroenterology; 28. Critical care haematology; 29. Critical care endocrinology; 30. Obstetrics emergencies; 31. Economics, outcome and ethics intensive care; Appendix 1. SI units; Appendix 2. Normal biochemical values; Appendix 3. Normal haematological/clotting values; Appendix 4. Normal urine values; Appendix 5. Normal CSF values; Appendix 6. Respiratory physiology and blood gases; Appendix 7. Cardiorespiratory abbreviations; Appendix 8. Toxicology; Index.


'While the book is specifically directed at junior medical officers, it will also be useful as an aid to the part-time intensivist and postgraduate medical and nursing education. Even for those intensive care units that already have well defined protocols, this book will fulfil an invaluable educational role. This book is an essential addition to all intensive care libraries.' Anaesthesia and Intensive Care

'Those of us who run intensive care units (ICU) are faced with trainees of varying experience whose first question on the unit is 'What book should I buy?'. I can now tell them - this one. I recommend this text strongly for trainees in ICU. It will also prove useful for those preparing to take a fellowship examination. It is extremely good value'. British Journal of Surgery

'I recommend this text strongly for trainees in ICU. It will also prove useful for those preparing to take a fellowship examination. It is also extremely good value.' British Journal of Surgery

'I appreciated its pragmatic approach to complex problem solving. Its size, comprehensive coverage and cost should make it an attractive competitor for other well established texts in the same area.' Anaesthetist

'Overall, this book has much to commend it, and tackles the complexity of critical care in a rational and logical way. It deserves a place on the bookshelf of anyone who is involved with the critically ill, and should be read often.'

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