Critical Care Handbook of the Massachusetts General Hospital: Formerly known as Postoperative Critical Care of the Massachusetts General Hospital / Edition 4

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Written by the multidisciplinary intensive care unit staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital, the Fourth Edition of this best-selling handbook is a practical, complete, and current guide to medical and surgical critical care. In a user-friendly outline format designed for rapid reference, this pocket-sized book presents reliable, hospital-tested protocols that reflect today's most advanced critical care practices.

This edition includes new information on hemodynamic monitoring and management, respiratory monitoring, airway problems, new transfusion agents and infection control techniques, wound care, ventilator management, end-of-life issues, outcomes evaluation, and evidence-based practice. Appendices provide key information on drugs and blood laboratory values.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the Fourth Edition of a softbound pocket manual for critical care produced by a multidisciplinary group from the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.
Purpose: In outline form, a physiologic approach to common critical care problems is presented.
Audience: Students, residents and senior trainees may benefit from this work, which comes from one of the leading medical schools in the United States.
Features: Forty-one chapters, two appendices and a subject index are included in a softbound pocket-sized handbook of approximately 850 pages. Opening chapters describe core principles of cardiopulmonary critical care followed by fluid and nutrition management, blood product use and resuscitation algorithms. Care of specific patient groups in the intensive care unit is described in the final two-thirds of chapters presented. Individuals with specific surgical problems including morbid obesity, obstetrics, burns and other trauma are discussed. Common medical problems such as coronary artery disease, venous thromboembolic disorders, gastrointestinal and endocrine problems are also reviewed. Concluding appendices provide drug information and standard laboratory values. Chapters are presented in outline form and make frequent use of tables and flow diagrams. A small reference list is provided at the conclusion of each chapter typically citing classic references from primary literature but more often important textbooks and websites. Presentations are terse and clear. Texture of type helps one to follow the outline and highlights important drugs and concepts.
Assessment: The Critical Care Handbook of the Massachusetts General Hospital (Fourth Edition) can be compared with many works of comparable price and size. I am attracted to this book because many of the chapters are written in part or completely by senior members of the nursing and medical staff at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Frequently, small manuals such as this are written by junior practitioners. This is a good pocket companion in the ICU.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781762441
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Series: The Lippincott Williams & Wilkins Handbook Series
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

  1. I. Critical Care Principles

  2. Hemodynamic Monitoring I
    Sascha Beutler/Luca Bigatello

  3. Hemodynamic Monitoring II
    Edward Bittner/Frederic Michard

  4. Respiratory Monitoring
    Daniel Fisher/Dean Hess

  5. Airway Management
    Peter Dunn//Robert Goulet/Ken Haspel

  6. Mechanical Ventilation
    Fiona Gibbons/Dean Hess

  7. Sedation, Analgesia and Neuro-Muscular Blockade
    James Helstrom/Ulrich Schmidt

  8. Fluid, Electrolytes, Acid Base
    David Liu/David Steele

  9. Hemodynamic management
    Stacey Remchuck/Keith Baker/Luca Bigatello

  10. Nutrition
    Stephen Panaro/Thomas Felbinger

  11. Transfusion Therapy and Anticoagulation
    Richard Pino/Rae Allain

  12. Infection: general condiserations
    Catherine Valentine/Judith Hellman

  13. Prophylaxis
    Kathryn Brush/Ulrich Schmidt

  14. Neuro Critical Care
    Neeraj Badjatia/Lee Schwamm

  15. Adult and Pediatric Resuscitation
    Shyam Parek/Richard Pino

  16. Ethical and Legal Issues
    Sharon Brackett/Rae Allain

  17. Outcomes/evidence based
    Henry Thomas Stelfox/Edward Bittner

    II. Specific Considerations

  18. CAD
    Richard Oeser/Michael Fitzsimons

  19. Valvular Heart Disease
    John Klick/Ted Alston

  20. Arrhythmia
    Harish Lecamwasam/Jagmeet Singh

  21. Acute Respiratory Failure: ALI/ARDS
    Sascha Beutler/Kris Davignon/Luca Bigatello

  22. Acute Respiratory Failure: Asthma/COPD
    Joseph Meltzer/Kenneth Shepherd

  23. Pulmonary Embolism
    Deborah Quinn/Taylor Thompson

  24. Weaning from Mechanical Ventilation
    Jean Kwo/Dean Hess

  25. Acute Renal Failure
    Harish Lecamwasam/Hasan Bazari

  26. Acute Liver Failure
    William Benedetto/Kenneth Haspel

  27. Acute Gastrointestinal Disease
    Patricia Bachiller/Jean Kwo

  28. Endocrine Disorders
    Theresa Chang/Robert Peterfreund

  29. Infection: specific considerations
    Roland Brusseau/Judith Hellman

  30. Acute Brain Injuries & Tumors (not Trauma)
    Leigh Hochberg/Lee Schwamm

  31. Acute Weakness
    Edward George/David Greer

  32. Drug Overdose, Poisoning, etc.
    John Klick/Richard Pino

  33. Dermatology/Allergy
    Bonnie MacKool

    III. Surgical Critical Care

  34. Trauma
    Adrian Maung/Robert Sheridan

  35. Neuro Trauma
    Neeraj Badjatia/Brian Hoh/Lee Schwamm

  36. Burns
    Loreta Grecu/Robert Sheridan

  37. Vascular Surgery
    Lee Wesner/Peter Dunn

  38. Thoracic Surgery
    Kristopher Davignon/Kenneth Haspel

  39. Cardiac Surgery
    Ahmad Sheikh / Thomas MacGillivray

  40. Transplantation
    Andrew Cameron/Michael Fitzsimons

  41. General Surgery (+Bariatric) Surgery
    Patrick Jackson/Jean Kwo

  42. OB Gyn
    Jason Jenkins/ Kevin Dennehy


    Supplemental Drug Information
    Robert Hallisey

    Blood Laboratory Values
    Richard Pino

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