Oxford American Handbook of Critical Care

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Patients in Critical Care Departments require constant and intensive care, and their conditions are always serious and can quickly turn for the worse, demanding quick and effective intervention. The bedside is a maze of monitors, tubing, and ventilators, all of which demand a knowledge of complex levels and settings. Because of these factors, students and hospital staff need a manual that provides authoritative, easily accessed information on assessment, treatment, and management of critical conditions. This new Oxford American Handbook of Critical Care is the perfect resource for these critical settings. Based on the hugely popular Oxford Handbook of Critical Care from Oxford UK, this all new Handbook, from the highly acclaimed Department of Critical Care at the University of Pittsburgh, offers concise, clinically oriented guidelines in the proven format of the Oxford Handbook series. It will appeal to physicians, students, nurses, and anyone looking for a comprehensive, concise, easy to use, and affordable manual of Critical Care.

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Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This handbook of critical care originating in the United Kingdom is now adapted for use in the United States.
Purpose: It is intended as a quick reference for clinicians to access key information for common critical care problems.
Audience: Students and junior residents are an appropriate audience for this work, which originates from University College in London and the University of Pittsburgh.
Features: Initial chapters cover cardiopulmonary resuscitation and monitoring techniques. Drugs for common organ system problems are then described followed by a review of common disorders affecting major organ systems. Final chapters describe environmental problems including trauma and burns, pain management principles, obstetrics, death and dying, and ICU leadership. Chapters are divided into two-page segments for each subtopic and the information is presented in an outline format. Tables are frequently used, but there are no illustrations or line drawings. At the conclusion of some presentations, recent key papers from primary literature dating to within three years of publication are presented. Abundant cross-referencing with other chapters is provided so that readers have ready access to complementary information.
Assessment: This handbook has been effectively adapted for an American audience. Cross-referencing in each presentation allows broad access to content and addition of citations for key papers is important. Many of the two-page presentation segments in chapters have a significant amount of blank space. Management of additional information for this space is an important opportunity for improvement.
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