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Clinical Intensive Care and Acute Medicine

Clinical Intensive Care and Acute Medicine

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: March 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521789806

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  • 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
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '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

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: March 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521789806
    • length: 704 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 36 mm
    • weight: 0.93kg
    • contains: 66 b/w illus. 128 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    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

  • Authors

    Ken Hillman, University of New South Wales, Sydney

    Gillian Bishop, Liverpool Health Services

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