Oxford Handbook of Critical Care / Edition 3

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"The new edition of this Oxford Handbook provides a perfect reference source for consultants, junior doctors, nurses, and paramedical staff. The book describes best practice in a succinct, concise, and clinically orientated way. It covers therapeutic and monitoring devices, drugs and fluids, specific organ system disorders and complications, and general management philosophies." This thoroughly revised second edition includes new material on areas such as adjusting the ventilator; managing ARD5; haemodynamic monitoring; stroke; the control, diagnosis and treatment of infection; sepsis and septic shock, and withdrawal and withholding treatment. Patient-centred and practical, with up-to-date key references, this book will continue to be the first port of call for anyone caring for critically ill patients.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

David J. Dries
This is the first edition of a softcover handbook of critical care. "The authors attempt to summarize current optimal practice of critical care from the standpoint of therapy, monitoring, and treatment of organ system dysfunction. Although much of the text covers topics relative to critical care management, detail that could appropriately be included in a handbook of this type is absent. "The medical student and junior house officer is the optimal audience for this work. Its size allows transport in a lab coat or jacket pocket. The authors are two intensivists from the United Kingdom. "This attractive softcover handbook is divided into approximately 40 chapters according to therapy, monitoring needs, drug management, and common problems of various organ systems. In addition, general chapters on trauma, burns, poisoning, and other metabolic, hematologic, and neurologic disorders and inflammation are also included. Content of each chapter is summarized with pages containing paragraphs or lists of key management principles. References are not given. Figures are black and white and spaced infrequently throughout the text. An index with substantial detail is provided. "The authors provide a handbook of significant scope, but frequently omit the technical details and lists of key variables that increase the value of a fingertip guide to critical care. In addition, structure and direction could be given to these brief presentations based on the experience of the authors. For example, a stepwise approach to common problems such as injury, cardiac dysfunction, or renal failure could be included. In short, the space allowed in this handbook for user notes could be better filled withfacts and algorithms to guide the inexperienced practitioner — the most likely audience for this work.
From the Publisher

"...a simple, user-friendly pocket tool significantly improved from the first edition."--Doody's Book Review

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the second edition of a pocket guide that summarizes key management strategies for common critical care problems.
Purpose: A succinct, clinically oriented set of summaries is provided for important problems and techniques, not a broad textbook.
Audience: Faculty members and students may benefit in different ways from this work, which comes from two of the leading intensivists in the United Kingdom.
Features: The book is divided by organ system with specific sections allotted for pharmacology and evaluation of specific problems. For example, separate presentation is made for cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal and neurological drugs. Significant space is also given to monitoring of the respiratory, cardiovascular and neurologic systems. These chapters have been significantly expanded and improved from the first edition. The information is presented in outline form. References are occasionally provided when important studies directly relate to the material discussed. A detailed index of over 20 pages highlights areas of specific emphasis.
Assessment: This is a simple, user-friendly pocket tool significantly improved from the first edition. I enjoyed the well written and directed summaries of common problems presented here. Additional key references could be added, however, without increasing length. Practitioners at a variety of levels can use this handbook, which does not suffer from typical applicability concerns for ICU practice in North America.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199235339
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 12/28/2008
  • Series: Oxford Handbooks Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 696
  • Product dimensions: 4.30 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Andrew Webb is Medical Director at UCL Hospitals and Consultant Physician in Critical Care Medicine. As a medical director his role is unusual in that it includes the executive and operational director responsibility for University College Hospital including the divisions of Critical Care & Theatres, Emergency Services, Medicines & Therapies, Pathology, Outpatients & Imaging and Surgery. He has been a Consultant in critical care medicine since 1989 and was Honorary Treasurer for the ICS during 2000-2003. He is currently chair of the Critical Care Advisory Committee for the Welsh Assembly Government. He has interests in haemodynamic monitoring, fluid management and healthcare management. He is co-author of several major critical care texts and papers on fluid management in ICU and the peri-operative period.
Mervyn Singer is Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at University College London. He has published numerous books, reviews, chapters and original research publications in critical and acute medicine, and led single- and multi-centre clinical trials. His research interests include the pathophysiology and management of sepsis and multi-organ failure, shock states, tissue oxygenation, infection, haemodynamics and haemodynamic monitoring.

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Table of Contents

Respiratory Therapy Techniques 1
Cardiovascular Therapy Techniques 42
Renal Therapy Techniques 52
Gastrointestinal Therapy Techniques 62
Nutrition 68
Infection Control 76
Special Support Surfaces 80
Respiratory Monitoring 84
Cardiovascular Monitoring 100
Neurological Monitoring 124
Laboratory Monitoring 134
Miscellaneous Monitoring 154
Fluids 164
Respiratory drugs 174
Cardiovascular Drugs 182
Renal Drugs 198
Gastrointestinal Drugs 204
Neurological Drugs 220
Haematological Drugs 234
Miscellaneous Drugs 246
Resuscitation 256
Respiratory Disorders 264
Cardiovascular Disorders 298
Renal Disorders 316
Gastrointestinal Disorders 324
Hepatic Disorders 344
Neurological Disorders 354
Haematological Disorders 380
Metabolic Disorders 398
Poisoning 436
Trauma and Burns 456
Obstetric Emergencies 476
Inflammation 486
Miscellaneous Disorders 494
ICU Organisation 520
Index 544
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