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From The CriticsReviewer: Steven K. Hamick, BIS, RCP, RRT (William Beaumont Hospitals)
Description: The second edition of this book continues to prove itself as an outstanding resource for physicians and respiratory therapists skilled in mechanical ventilation. The previous edition was published in 2002.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a bedside reference to help bridge the gap between the vast amount of knowledge needed for mechanical ventilation and the appropriate (and timely) clinical application of that knowledge. Given the speed of change which occurs both technologically and strategically in mechanical ventilation, this is a highly valued resource.
Audience: This reference is clearly written for ventilatory support clinicians such as intensivists and respiratory therapists. However, respiratory care students and intensive care residents would also find this an indispensable resource. The authors are experts in their field.
Features: The book covers every nearly every aspect of mechanical ventilation including indications, operation, modes, equations, assessment, graphics, management, disease, hazards, and weaning. American Association of Respiratory Care Clinical Practice Guidelines, 25 different ventilator modes, waveforms, and algorithms are also covered. There is much more information in this book than I have space to list — and this exhaustive reference comes in a size that easily fits in the pocket of a lab jacket.
Assessment: This is an indispensable resource for every healthcare provider who manages mechanical ventilators. There isn't another resource quite like it. Because of the constantly evolving technologies and strategies in the world of mechanical ventilation, it is hoped the authors continue to revise this much needed bedside resource.