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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This third edition of a pocket-sized introduction to critical care physiology and management is based on a 2009 version with scattered updates.
Purpose: It is intended as a brief introduction to critical care physiology and typical technologies with management of common ICU complaints.
Audience: House officers and allied health professionals are an appropriate audience for this guide produced by two professors of intensive care medicine from University College London.
Features: After an overview of methods for organ system support, the authors describe drugs, fluids, and resuscitation techniques used in the critical care setting. The second half of the book describes therapies for common disorders based on organ system. For example, it covers cardiovascular, renal, gastrointestinal, hepatic, neurological, and hematological disorders. A small group of concluding chapters cross organ systems and describe trauma, physical disorders, pain management, obstetrics, and the transport of critically ill patients. Chapters are written in outline form and make good use of tables. The occasional references date to the 2009 version. The table of contents lists chapters while the subject index divides topics by those receiving greater and lesser emphasis.
Assessment: This handbook provides worthy insights into the physiology of common critical care problems and techniques. However, many topics have not been fully updated since the 2009 printing of this third edition. There is significant opportunity to add detail without increasing the size of this pocket manual.