Evidence-Based Practice of Critical Care: Expert Consult: Online and Print

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Overview

Evidence-Based Practice of Critical Care, edited by Drs. Clifford S. Deutschman and Patrick J. Neligan, provides objective data and expert guidance to help answer the most important questions challenging ICU physicians today. It discusses the clinical options, examines the relevant research, and presents expert recommendations on everything from acute organ failure to prevention issues. An outstanding source for "best practices" in critical care medicine, this book is a valuable framework for translating evidence into practice. It also provides access to the full text online, with regular updates to emerging clinical evidence.

  • Gain valuable evidence-based recommendations on key topics such as acute organ failure, infection, sepsis and inflammation, and prevention issues pointing the way to the most effective approaches.
  • Get an overview of each question, an outline of management options, a review of the relevant evidence, areas of uncertainty, existing management guidelines, and authors’ recommendations.
  • Navigate a full range of challenges from routine care to complicated and special situations.
  • Find the information you need quickly with tables that summarize the available literature and recommended clinical approaches.
  • Stay current on the latest advances in the field with full-text, online access that includes regular updates to emerging clinical evidence.
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Editorial Reviews

Doody Reviews
Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This book reviews the evidence for critical care practices driven by answers to common clinical questions.
Purpose: It reviews pertinent research and makes recommendations.
Audience: Senior trainees and practitioners are an appropriate audience for this work, which emanates from a multidisciplinary group of medical, surgical, and anesthesia-based intensivists from North America and Western Europe.
Features: The 99 chapters are divided by organ system, pattern of injury, and ICU administration. Each chapter title is a question. The authors then review available evidence favoring management options. Chapters conclude with a succinct list of recommendations presented as bullet points. Presentations are clearly written and make excellent use of black-and-white line drawings which reproduce with excellent quality. Resolution of radiographs is less effective. Each chapter contains an extensive reference list citing primary work dating to two years before publication and including many older classic papers. Tables are frequently employed to organize data. The table of contents groups chapters based on the questions addressed and lists authorship while an extensive subject index includes separate citations for figures and tables.
Assessment: Organizing the data according to important clinical questions is a unique approach. Because clinical modalities such as mechanical ventilation are used in many clinical settings, repetition in reference lists and chapters is inevitable. Because of its problem-based format, this book does not replace the summaries of critical care modalities available in major textbooks, but this is a valuable tool for clinicians seeking to bring contemporary evidence to bear on clinical problems.
From The Critics
Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This book reviews the evidence for critical care practices driven by answers to common clinical questions.
Purpose: It reviews pertinent research and makes recommendations.
Audience: Senior trainees and practitioners are an appropriate audience for this work, which emanates from a multidisciplinary group of medical, surgical, and anesthesia-based intensivists from North America and Western Europe.
Features: The 99 chapters are divided by organ system, pattern of injury, and ICU administration. Each chapter title is a question. The authors then review available evidence favoring management options. Chapters conclude with a succinct list of recommendations presented as bullet points. Presentations are clearly written and make excellent use of black-and-white line drawings which reproduce with excellent quality. Resolution of radiographs is less effective. Each chapter contains an extensive reference list citing primary work dating to two years before publication and including many older classic papers. Tables are frequently employed to organize data. The table of contents groups chapters based on the questions addressed and lists authorship while an extensive subject index includes separate citations for figures and tables.
Assessment: Organizing the data according to important clinical questions is a unique approach. Because clinical modalities such as mechanical ventilation are used in many clinical settings, repetition in reference lists and chapters is inevitable. Because of its problem-based format, this book does not replace the summaries of critical care modalities available in major textbooks, but this is a valuable tool for clinicians seeking to bring contemporary evidence to bear on clinical problems.
From the Publisher

"Deutschman (anesthesiology and critical care and surgery, U. of Pennsylvania) and Neligan (anesthesia and intensive care, U. College Galway, UK) bring together an international group of specialists in critical care and surgery to answer 99 questions important to intensive care unit physicians. Questions relate to topics such as acute organ failure, respiratory failure, cardiovascular and neurologic care, nutrition and gastrointestinal care, infection, sepsis and inflammation, preventing suffering, trauma, obstetrics, environmental injuries, and ethics and administration. A review of evidence, areas of uncertainty or controversy, management guidelines, and recommendations are also provided. Online access includes a searchable version of the full text."

- Book News, Inc.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416054764
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 7/13/2010
  • Pages: 704
  • Sales rank: 855,241
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.80 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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