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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Joan S. Roberts, MD (University of Washington School of Medicine)
Description: Pediatric intensive care is an emerging field, increasingly recognized as the state-of-the-art in the care of the very ill child. While most pediatricians will recall some of the illnesses and practices of intensive care medicine from their training, the knowledge and skill of critical care subspecialists has grown rapidly. This book is a guide to current pediatric intensive care practices specifically for the general pediatrician.
Purpose: The purpose is to extend the skills of pediatric intensive care physicians beyond the intensive care unit into the community.
Audience: The target audience is physicians and other healthcare professionals who participate in the care of critically ill children, without the benefit of pediatric intensive care training. The authors recognize that intensive care is often delivered in circumstances outside the tertiary care center of human and technical expertise, and it is to these caregivers that the book is aimed.
Features: Background physiology and epidemiology are briefly presented on each topic, followed by practical guidelines for diagnosis and treatment. Tables and graphics enhance clear presentation of data. Special sections on controversies, keypoints, and common errors are very helpful. The text is straightforward and clear, supplemented by a short list of comprehensive references. The editors and contributors are practicing pediatric intensivists and nurses, and this book is a collection of clinical pearls, rather than a complete text on pediatric intensive care. Importantly, this book is authored by intensivists from Canada, the U.K., and Australia, giving a new perspective to clinical choices and rationales.
Assessment: This is an important guide for those faced with a critically ill child, from practicing intensivist to rural generalist.