Cardiovascular Pediatric Critical Illness and Injury / Edition 1

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The field of critical care medicine is in the midst of a dramatic change. Technological and scientific advances during the last decade have resulted in a fundamental change in the way we view disease processes, such as sepsis, shock, acute lung injury, and traumatic brain injury. Pediatric intensivists have been both witness to and active participants in bringing about these changes and it is imperative that all physicians caring for critically ill children in this new era have a thorough understanding of the applicability of these modern developments to the care of patients at the bedside and to keep up with the rapidly evolving field of critical care medicine. The development of pediatric cardiac surgical programs has had a profound effect on the specialty of pediatric critical care medicine, and as a result, the field of pediatric cardiac intensive care is rapidly emerging as a separate subspecialty of pediatric critical care medicine. The ability to provide care for the critically ill child with congenital heart disease clearly separates pediatric intensivists from our adult colleagues. Cardiovascular Pediatric Critical Illness and Injury has been written by an international panel of experts to give readers a thorough understanding and knowledge of the unique physiology of the child with congenital heart disease. This book is therefore absolutely crucial for anyone working in the pediatric intensive care unit, from physicians, residents and fellows in critical care, pulmonology, cardiology and pediatricians to specialist nurses and support personnel on the pediatric intensive care unit and all medical professionals that are involved in the management of these patients.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This book on cardiac aspects of pediatric critical care practice is part of an earlier comprehensive work, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: Basic Science and Clinical Evidence, by the same authors (Springer, 2007).
Purpose: Cardiovascular physiology and treatment specific to pediatric patients are highlighted. This aspect of critical care practice is quite different in children than adults.
Audience: Senior trainees and practitioners managing pediatric critical illness are an appropriate audience.
Features: The clear focus is on congenital heart disease and cardiac surgical procedures seen in the pediatric intensive care unit. Anatomy and physiology of developmental cardiovascular abnormalities are emphasized, along with aspects of care particular to support of patients after cardiac surgery. The majority of the book focuses on pediatric patients, but adult data is also provided particularly in discussion of broad topics such as cardiopulmonary interaction, hemodynamic monitoring, and the use of cardiopulmonary bypass. Chapters are well written and amply referenced with citations from primary literature dating from 3 to 4 years or more prior to publication. The book uses a large number of excellent black-and-white line drawings and some tables. Black-and-white photographs reproduce with less quality, but echocardiography and other radiology images are acceptable. The table of contents lists chapters and authorship while a concluding subject index provides adequate access to content.
Assessment: This is an excellent review of the physiology and management of problems treated by pediatric cardiac surgeons. As the editors note, this is a highly technical subspecialty in pediatric critical care.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848009226
  • Publisher: Springer London
  • Publication date: 12/11/2008
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Developmental Cardiac Physiology, Hemodynamic Monitoring, Cardiopulmonary Interactions, Echocardiography in the Pediatric Critical Care Setting, Cardiac Catheterization in the Pediatric Critical Care Setting, Introduction to Congenital Heart Disease: Nomenclature and Classification, Palliative Procedures, Congenital Heart Disease: Left-to-Right Shunt Lesions, Congenital Heart Disease: Cyanotic Lesions with Decreased Pulmonary Blood Flow, Congenital Heart Disease: Left Ventricular Outflow Tract Obstruction, Congenital Heart Disease: Cyanotic Lesions with Increased Pulmonary Blood Flow, Single Ventricle Lesions, Vascular Rings and Associated Malformations, Cardiopulmonary Bypass, Pediatric Myocardial Protection, Post-Operative Care of the Pediatric Cardiac Surgical Patient, Mechanical Support of the Cardiovascular System: ECLS/ECMO and LVAD, Mechanical Support of the Cardiovascular System: Intraaortic Balloon Pumping in Children, Arrhythmias, Inflammatory Diseases of the Heart and Pericardium: Infective Endocarditis and Kawasaki Disease, Inflammatory Diseases of the Heart and Pericardium: Dilated Cardiomyopathy and Myocarditis, Diseases of the Pericardium, Management of Hypertension in the PICU, Heart Transplantation

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