The Central Nervous System in 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. Neurologic emergencies are a common reason for admission to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). A thorough understanding of the diseases and disorders affecting the pediatric central nervous system is vital for any physician or health care provider working in the PICU. The Central Nervous System in Pediatric Critical Illness and Injury has been written by an international panel of experts to provide readers with an in-depth discussion on the resuscitation, stabilization, and ongoing care of the critically ill or injured child with central nervous system dysfunction. This book is therefore absolutely crucial for anyone working in the PICU, from physicians, residents and fellows in critical care, neurology, and pediatrics to specialist nurses and support personnel on the PICU and all medical professionals who 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 softcover book contains 12 chapters from an earlier comprehensive work, Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: Basic Science and Clinical Evidence, by the same authors (Springer, 2007).
Purpose: The basic science and clinical considerations of the pediatric patient with central nervous system illness in the intensive care unit are discussed.
Audience: Senior practitioners and fellows treating pediatric critical illness are an appropriate audience for this work, which emanates from leading pediatric hospitals in North America.
Features: After a discussion of monitoring and basic science considerations in pediatric critical care neurology, central nervous system tumors, trauma, and infectious disease are covered. Metabolic and infectious problems particular to the young patient receive additional emphasis. Chapters are clearly written and are enhanced by high quality black-and-white illustrations, but the black-and-white photographs reproduce with inconsistent quality. Chapters include large reference lists but citations, for the most part, originate at least 3 to 5 years prior to publication. The table of contents lists chapters and specific authorship while the book is closed by a simple subject index providing adequate access to content.
Assessment: This book suffers from the lack of overview chapters provided in the other softcover books in this collection. Presentations are well written, but additional emphasis could be given to trauma, a leading cause of death in the child.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781848009929
  • Publisher: Springer London
  • Publication date: 12/11/2008
  • Edition description: 2009
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

CNS Monitoring, Molecular Biology Of Brain Injury, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Management of Neurosurgical Diseases, Tumors of the Central Nervous System, Intracranial Hypertension, n-Accidental Trauma and Shaken Baby Syndrome, Evaluation of Coma, Hypoxic Ischemic Encephalopathy, Toxic and Metabolic Encephalopathies, Infections of the Central Nervous System, Status Epilepticus, Diseases Of The Peripheral Nervous System

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