Critical Care: Standards, Audit and Ethics / Edition 1

Critical Care: Standards, Audit and Ethics / Edition 1

by Taylor and Francis
     
 

ISBN-10: 034055424X

ISBN-13: 9780340554241

Pub. Date: 01/01/1996

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

'Critical Care: Standards, Audit and Ethics' brings together the important issues which are topical and relevant to the dilemmas faced by all concerned with the management of critically ill patients. The standards of resources that should be available to deliver this care are discussed, including transport of the critically ill, the design of intensive care units,…  See more details below

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'Critical Care: Standards, Audit and Ethics' brings together the important issues which are topical and relevant to the dilemmas faced by all concerned with the management of critically ill patients. The standards of resources that should be available to deliver this care are discussed, including transport of the critically ill, the design of intensive care units, technical support, and the staffing and training within related disciplines, viewed from a world wide perspective. The authors review and debate: current theories and practice in audit to quantify critical illnesses; the selection of patients; the results of critical care and the quality of survival as well as the cost benefits; the ethics of establishing health care priorities; withholding and withdrawing life-support; the ethical issues of organ donation; clinical research, medico-legal, moral and religious aspects of critical care.

This is the first book to look in depth at the principles and practice of the organisational aspects of intensive care delivery and will be of value to all members of the multidisciplinary Intensive Care team: physicians, nurses, trainees and managers. Every Intensive Care Unit should have a copy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780340554241
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/01/1996
Series:
A Hodder Arnold Publication Series
Pages:
424
Product dimensions:
8.13(w) x 11.06(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

Part 1 Critical care - The history of critical care
Critical care today
The development, utilization and cost implications of intensive care medicine - strategies for the future
Part 2 Resource standards - Primary and mobile care: land, sea, and air
General care units
Specialist care units
Non-invasive monitoring
Invasive monitoring
Imaging
The laboratory
Respiratory support
Cardiac support
Renal support
Staff and training: medical
nursing
respiratory and physical
scientific and technical
Part 3 Audit - The process of clinical audit
Quantifying critical illness
Selection of patients for critical care
Results of critical care and quality of survival
Evaluating costs and benefits
Part 4 Ethics - Establishing health care priorities
Withholding and withdrawing life support
Ethical issues of organ donation
Clinical research in critical care
Medico-legal aspects of critical care
Moral and religious dilemmas
Index

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