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From The CriticsReviewer: Thomas P. Strandjord, MD (University of Washington School of Medicine)
Description: The management of mechanical ventilation of newborn and pediatric patients has progressed rapidly over the last ten years. The clinician is now confronted with a myriad of ventilator modes and graphic means for monitoring the interaction of the patient with the ventilator. This book provides a useful reference for the use of modern ventilators in pediatrics.
Purpose: The expressed purpose of this book is to familiarize clinicians "with the principles and applications of pulmonary graphics in neonatal and pediatric practice." This book succeeds in providing an excellent review of the current state-of-the-art technology.
Audience: This book is written for all pediatric intensivists, neonatologists, and pulmonologists who care for mechanically ventilated patients. It is also a helpful text for respiratory therapists who work with infants and pediatric patients.
Features: This book begins with a well-written review of pulmonary physiology and pulmonary function testing and principles of pulmonary graphics. It proceeds with chapters regarding the use of specific graphics monitors currently in use and discussions of clinical applications of pulmonary graphics. It is very well illustrated with figures that clarify the application of pulmonary graphics to real clinical situations. It also includes a "bedside companion" handbook with representative figures taken from the main text. This companion serves as a good pocket review of pulmonary graphics and their application.
Assessment: In my opinion, this is a much needed review of a rapidly changing field. It can be read quickly to provide a solid, practical understanding of modern ventilators currently available for use with infants and children. It can also be read in-depth as a review of respiratory physiology and mechanical ventilation. This book will be a worthwhile addition to the library of all neonatologists and pediatric intensivists.