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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the annual update of papers generated by the 31st International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine conducted in Brussels.
Purpose: Recent developments in experimental and clinical methods are presented for the fields of intensive care and emergency medicine. Faculty comes from internal medicine, anesthesiology, surgery, pediatrics, and emergency medicine.
Audience: Senior trainees and practitioners in critical care are an appropriate audience for this collection of reviews generated by a multinational, multidisciplinary faculty.
Features: The 72 chapters are grouped into 18 content areas that include hot topics in multidisciplinary critical care, such as recent developments in the science and management of sepsis, coagulation and respiratory failure, mechanical ventilation, hemodynamic monitoring and management, nutrition and intensive care unit organization and management. Chapters are eight to 20 pages in length and make good use of line drawings and tables that reproduce well and have excellent teaching value. Chapters contain a reference list of primary literature dating to within one year of publication. The table of contents divides chapters into subject areas while the subject index of approximately 10 pages provides adequate access to content.
Assessment: This excellent contemporary series of presentations summarizes much of the latest work and critical thinking in multidisciplinary intensive care. Chapters in this well-written collection provide an excellent introduction for interested practitioners or a topic summary for senior practitioners seeking a review.