Essential Guide to Acute Care / Edition 2

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What you really need to know, but no one told you.

The Essential Guide to Acute Care contains everything you really need to know about acute care that you can’t find in a standard textbook and have probably never been taught before.

Starting with the concept of patients at risk, the Essential Guide to Acute Care explains how to recognise and manage the generic altered physiology that accompanies acute illness.

The principles of acute care are explained simply yet comprehensively. Throughout the book ‘mini-tutorials’ expand on the latest thinking or controversies, and practical case histories reinforce learning at the end of each chapter. The chapters are designed to be read by individuals or used for group tutorials in acute care.

Extensively rewritten and updated, this second edition is essential reading for anyone who looks after acutely ill adults, including:

  • Foundation Programme trainees and trainers
  • Trainees in medicine, surgery, anaesthesia and emergency medicine
  • Final year medical students
  • Nursing staff and allied professionals working in critical care
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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This book is for trainees who regularly come into contact with acutely ill adults. By explaining the physiological changes it aims to provide a logical basis for management and optimal care. To provide a book that will be useful to a range of grades from a variety of disciplines is certainly a challenge. However I think this book succeeds admirably. It really does provide a lot of information that you really want to know and understand and which is not available in the standard texts...I think this is an excellent book which I would certainly recommend to all grades - as a learning tool for trainees and as a refresher to senior staff." Clinical Tutor and Foundation Programme Director, Cheltenham General Hospital
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the second edition of a monograph describing a physiologic approach to patients presenting with organ dysfunction.
Purpose: Presented is an approach based on detection of organ dysfunction followed by supportive care and rapid determination of differential diagnosis.
Audience: Senior medical students, nurses in the critical care unit, and junior postgraduate trainees requiring a quick introduction to patient assessment and organ system support are an appropriate audience for this work. The authors are teachers in anesthesiology, internal medicine, and critical care in the United Kingdom.
Features: Initially presented is an introduction to the patient using the airway, breathing, circulation, disability, and examination (ABCDE) approach. After this structured approach to the patient presenting with acute decompensation, a specific organ system approach, beginning with respiratory care and fluid resuscitation proceeds. Chapters include a blend of clinical physiology and treatment pearls. Line drawings are used to good effect and type font, tables, and lists identify essential points. Tutorials summarize application of specific therapies. References at the end of each chapter include review papers from the primary literature and chapters from secondary sources. Some date to the year of publication, but most come from the year 2004 and earlier. Chapters close with case presentations followed by discussion of principles of management.
Assessment: This is a timely, contemporary introduction to multisystem dysfunction in early acute illness. In addition to medical students and young postgraduate trainees, workers on medical emergency teams will benefit from this systematic approach based on the ABCs of the highly successful Advanced Trauma Life Support Program.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405139724
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 8/22/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 218
  • Product dimensions: 6.18 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Nicola Cooper, MRCP, Specialist Registrar in General Internal Medicine and Care of the Elderly, Yorkshire, UK

Dr Kirsty Forrest, FRCA, Consultant in Anaesthesia, The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Yorkshire, UK

Dr Paul Cramp, MRCP FRCA, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Yorkshire, UK

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Table of Contents




Units used in this book.

1 Patients at risk.

2 Oxygen therapy.

3 Acid-base balance.

4 Respiratory failure.

5 Fluid balance and volume resuscitation.

6 Sepsis.

7 Acute renal failure.

8 Brain failure.

9 Optimising patients before surgery.

10 Pain control and sedation.

Appendix - Practical procedures.


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