Critical Care Medicine: The Essentials

Critical Care Medicine: The Essentials

by John J. Marini, Arthur P. Wheeler
     
 

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Ideally suited for students in critical care rotations and residents, this concise, practical handbook presents the essentials of medical and surgical critical care in an easy-to-read format. The authors succinctly explain the pathophysiology underlying clinical disorders and the key principles of diagnosis and patient management, emphasizing cost-effective approaches… See more details below

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Ideally suited for students in critical care rotations and residents, this concise, practical handbook presents the essentials of medical and surgical critical care in an easy-to-read format. The authors succinctly explain the pathophysiology underlying clinical disorders and the key principles of diagnosis and patient management, emphasizing cost-effective approaches. The Fourth Edition includes Controversies in Critical Care boxes in many chapters, which briefly summarize opposing arguments on controversial points. Other highlights include enhanced discussion of CT for abdominal disorders, new ACLS guidelines, and new material on removable IVC filters, interventional radiologic techniques for GI bleeding, and use of vascular ultrasound.

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David J. Dries
This is the second edition of a two-author, softbound introduction to critical care medicine. The first edition was published in 1989. The book provides a summary of pertinent problems and physiology for critical care with a review of diagnostic approaches and key management principles. The critical care trainee and practitioner seeking an overview are an appropriate audience for this work. All material is written by two senior critical care practitioners, one at the University of Minnesota, the other at Vanderbilt. Forty chapters are divided into three sections. The initial section describes techniques and methodology common to the management of any critical care patient. Emphasized are cardiopulmonary management, fluids and electrolytes, and administration issues. Medical and surgical emergencies are discussed in the remaining sections of this work. In the two final sections, the majority of attention is given to issues involving medical critical care. Chapters are clearly written with black-and-white illustrations of high quality. The references are not comprehensive, but cite work dating to within one year of publication. Where original work is not cited, pertinent reviews are indicated. Concluding are several appendixes with applicable formulas and normal values followed by a detailed index with separate citations for figures and tables. Reference cards summarizing the use of common ICU medications are inside the back cover. Marini and Wheeler provide an excellent overview of cardiopulmonary critical care in the second edition of this textbook. Chapters are succinct, with clear discussion and summary points concluding each presentation. The weakest portion of this workis the surgical section, covering material outside the acknowledged expertise of the authors. This material could be eliminated to allow greater emphasis on the strength of this work.
Booknews
A textbook explaining the underlying pathophysiology, the most logical diagnostic approaches, and the key principles of management in critical care settings. Addresses a broad range of selected topics rather than attempting comprehension; surgical techniques for example are not described. Nearly doubled from the 1989 edition to incorporate changes in the field, update references, and provide synopses of each chapter. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the fourth edition of a popular overview of critical care medicine.
Purpose: Bedside examination and critical care physiology are emphasized.
Audience: Senior trainees and practitioners in critical care medicine are an ideal audience for this work, emanating from two international experts in cardiopulmonary medicine.
Features: Consistent with the expertise of the authors, the emphasis is on cardiopulmonary physiology and its application to critical care management. Early chapters present the physiologic foundation of hemodynamic management and monitoring and application of airway and respiratory support. A second group of 19 chapters reviews management of specific medical and surgical problems. Greatest emphasis is given to medical problems including coronary syndromes, venous thromboembolic disorders, ARDS, sepsis, and individual abdominal organ failure. Major surgical topics discussed include chest trauma, the acute abdomen, and burn injury. Chapters begin with a listing of key points, allowing readers to refer to related text for each key point with margin notes. Black-and-white line drawings reproduce with adequate quality. Each chapter has a brief reference list dating to within two years of publication citing important primary papers or excellent reviews. An appendix summarizes standard formulas and composition data for typical fluids. Six cards attached inside the back cover summarize key drugs used in the critical care unit.
Assessment: Clarity and consistency of writing style contribute to the continued popularity of this review for pulmonary trainees and the international critical care audience.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451152845
Publisher:
Wolters Kluwer Health
Publication date:
03/28/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
720
Sales rank:
1,076,107
File size:
9 MB

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