Drugs in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care / Edition 4

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In everyday practice, anaesthetists can make use of a wide range of drug treatments, and require readily available and accessible information on the appropriate drugs to use in any given situation. Drugs in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care has quickly established itself as an essential reference text for all anaesthetists, both trainees and consultants. The fourth edition of this book includes information on many new drugs, with information on many others revised. The book describes the pharmacokinetics and pharmodynamics of all the drugs commonly used by anaesthetists, all organized so as to allow rapid access to specific information on the properties and characteristics of almost 200 drugs. Drugs in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care fourth edition successfully provides a comprehensive, up-to-date reference for anaesthetists in training, consultant anaesthetists, intensive care nurses, and anaesthetic assistants.

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Reviewer: Zdravka Zafirova, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This update of a concise pocket guide to medications used in the perioperative care setting is necessitated by the changes in pharmacology practice, with the development of new drugs and removal from practice of obsolete drugs.
Purpose: The goal is to supply practitioners with a source of quick access to essential information on pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of these drugs. It is intended for use as a basic reference in a busy clinical practice setting and complements more detailed pharmacology books.
Audience: The authors share their knowledge, experience, and educational expertise with all professionals practicing in the field of anesthesia and critical care. The book will be helpful to medical students, residents, and practicing anesthesiologists, as well as nurses, nurse anesthetists, and other allied healthcare providers.
Features: With its concise, bullet-point style and pocket-sized format, this book is portable and accessible. The drugs are organized alphabetically by their generic name to facilitate their location without the need for an index, as well as to avoid artificial categorization. All drug discussions are structured identically, containing the same sections, standard for many pharmacology books. The drug is introduced by its uses, chemical structure, and presentation, followed by a succinct description of the main actions, mode of action, and route and dose of administration. The therapeutic as well as the significant toxic side effects are summarized, along with a list of pharmacokinetic themes, concluding with special points. Section headings are highlighted in red, making it easy to read and retain the information. This edition is updated with newly developed drugs and the removal of obsolete drugs, as well as the introduction of summary chapters for some drug groups, such as various classes of antibiotics. The guiding principle is to present requisite knowledge in succinct format that can be rapidly accessed in the setting of daily perioperative practice and as a quick review for examination preparation. Thus, the selection of the drugs and the amount of detail about each drug are predictably limited to key information. Furthermore, the book is based on European pharmacopeias and, while most drugs used throughout the world are the same, there are a few regional differences. This guide does not replace more comprehensive books, to which readers seeking more in-depth information are directed.
Assessment: A wide range of clinicians will find this valuable pocket guide to the essential information about the drugs used in anesthesia and critical care indispensable.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199599387
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 4.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Susan Smith trained in medicine, anaesthesia and intensive care at Guy's Hospital, Oxford and America. She was appointed as a consultant in 1990 and was Director of Intensive Care in Cheltenham until 2008. She is Senior Medical Officer for Cheltenham Racecourse. Her interests include pharmacology, care of the critically ill patient and prehospital care of the injured casualty.

Dr Edward Scarth qualified in 2002 from Nottingham. He gained experience in A & E and General (Internal) Medicine gaining MRCP(UK) prior to commencing training in Anaesthesia in 2005. Dr Scarth has been a Speciality Registrar in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care since 2008 on a training rotation organized by the Bristol School of Anaesthesia (Severn Deanery), and gained FRCA in early 2010.

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Table of Contents

Information on over 170 commonly used drugs, presented in alphabetical order

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