Critical Care On Call / Edition 1

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A concise, portable reference that focuses on the management of the ICU patient, covering 138 of the most common critical care on-call problems. Each chapter includes a presenting problem, immediate questions, differential diagnosis, laboratory and other diagnostic data, and treatment plan.

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Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This pocket guide to immediate treatment of problems commonly encountered in the critical care unit is part of the On Call series.
Purpose: With contributors from surgery, internal medicine, and anesthesiology, this pocket guide is an attempt to help practitioners in the trenches.
Audience: The on-call resident treating patients in the intensive care unit is the appropriate audience for this work. Medical students may also use this guide.
Features: There are four parts to this work of approximately 600 pages. The first half is given over to brief outlines of management of common problems encountered in the on-call setting. Topics are introduced with a sample clinical problem followed by questions for the practitioner to answer in working through differential diagnosis. Treatment plans follow. In general, two to three pages are employed to describe a problem. No references are included in this portion of the book. Second is a series of longer full text chapters on core critical care exercises. These chapters, covering topics such as bedside procedures, fluid and blood product utilization, nutrition and ventilator management make good use of black-and-white line drawings which reproduce with good quality. Tables are also employed to good effect. A short reference list concludes each chapter with secondary sources dating to within two to four years of publication. Finally, commonly used medications are listed along with formulas for common critical care calculations. A concluding subject index indicates figures, tables, and major discussion areas separately.
Assessment: The book gives the rounding resident a quick guide to many of the contemporary approaches to common critical care problems. This is not intended or presented as a reference text. If supported by senior colleagues and more detailed references, this book may help the front line worker get through that night on call.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071373456
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 4/25/2002
  • Series: LANGE On Call Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 608
  • Product dimensions: 4.50 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.22 (d)

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Table of Contents

1. On-Call Problems2. Laboratory Problems3. Bedside Procedures4. Fluids & Blood Products5. Nutritional Support6. Ventilator Management7. Transplant Medicine8. Commonly Used Medications

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The field of critical care has undergone a revolution in the last twenty-five years. It is now defined by contributions from surgery, internal medicine, and anesthesiology. This new text is designed to help the people "in the trenches" of critical care and has been written with contributors from each of these three disciplines. Many of the contributors are residents and fellows in critical care who work daily in this field.

It is my hope that you will carry this book with you daily and refer to it often. It is intended as a practical reference to help deal with the problems that commonly occur in the Critical Care Unit while you are "on call." Although it is often said that the best way to avoid errors is to have experience, and the only way to get experience is to make errors, this book is intended to give you a framework for evaluating the problems that arise in the course of caring for critically ill patients. Once you have seen the patient and performed an evaluation, it may be necessary to seek more experienced advice. The information in this book will provide you with a way to think about a problem and its initial evaluation.

The continued support of the editorial staff at McGraw-Hill is gratefully acknowledged. This book and others in the On-Call series could not have been created without the unflagging efforts of Ms. Janet Foltin. I also wish to acknowledge the significant efforts of all three associate editors, Drs. David L. Bogdonoff, Douglas Geehan, and Lawrence Maldonado, without whose attention to detail this book would lack the balance so important among the three disciplines represented. Lastly, and most importantly, I want to thank the families and friends of all the authors, who support us, yet allow us to devote our time, perhaps our most precious resource, to academic pursuits.

Most of all, I hope that this information will improve the care that our patients receive in critical care units. -- Alan T. Lefor, MD, MPH, FACS, Los Angeles, California, April 2002

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