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From The CriticsReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This pocket manual, written in outline format, summarizes many of the key principles and formulas important in the intensive care unit.
Purpose: A summary of basic (and more advanced) clinical information as well as pertinent facts and relationships are provided.
Audience: Practitioners at all levels may benefit from this work, but perhaps the most appropriate audience would be new critical care physicians arriving in the ICU with background training in physiology.
Features: After an initial review of common activities in critical care practice, including an approach to rounding, the book details an organ system-based presentation of critical care therapeutics. Standard organ system presentations on cardiopulmonary, endocrine, hematologic, infectious disease, and neurologic disorders are included. Other subspecialty topics include trauma, oncologic and immunologic emergencies, and management of the pregnant patient. Each chapter contains tables with key physiologic data and a concluding summary of pertinent formulas and relationships. Some overlap is found in presentations, particularly in cardiopulmonary disorders. The table of contents lists only chapter titles while the index of approximately 10 pages provides adequate access to content. There are no radiographs or references.
Assessment: This handbook is a worthy introduction to ICU practice for novices who have had previous clinical rotation experience and training in physiology. Do not be fooled by the compact appearance — this book is loaded with clinical insights and numerical relationships. The lack of references is a disappointment.