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From The CriticsReviewer: Zdravka Zafirova, MD (University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine)
Description: This book explores the practice of perioperative medicine from the unique perspective of maintenance of homeostasis and organ system function. The book provides evidence-based guidance to the management in the perioperative period, enriched with well designed algorithms.
Purpose: The authors have reviewed the current medical research and identified strategies for improvement of perioperative outcomes with emphasis on preoperative optimization and intra- and postoperative protection of the physiologic function in the setting of surgical interventions. It fulfills its purpose admirably and underscores the importance of a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to patient care that is supported by existing medical knowledge.
Audience: This is an invaluable resource for all practitioners involved in perioperative patient care. It is an essential reading for healthcare professionals of all levels of expertise and in a wide range of specialties, including anesthesiologists, surgeons, general practitioners, and critical care physicians. The editors and the authors represent a notable collection of experts in various fields who contribute essential insight.
Features: The book starts with review of scientific principles pertinent to perioperative care followed by discussions on preoperative assessment with a focus on organ-system optimization. Evidence-based approaches to perioperative management designed to maintain the physiologic functions comprise the third part. The book concludes with discussions of postoperative care topics. It is well referenced and contains broad array of excellent illustrations. Unique features include detailed algorithms based on the current medical literature and the focus on application of scientific knowledge aimed at organ protection and improvement of outcomes in the perioperative setting.
Assessment: This is an important contribution to the field of perioperative medicine and provides invaluable insight into the strategies for perioperative outcome improvement.