Practical Guide to the Care of the Surgical Patient: The Pocket Scalpel

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If you need a practical, portable resource to get you through the day-to-day management of surgical patients, this new title in the Practical Guide series is the answer! Written by residents with practice-proven guidance and input from attending surgeons, this “Pocket Scalpel” zeroes in on the differential diagnoses, clinical findings, lab values, and treatment guidelines you need...all in an intuitive and user-friendly format that fits comfortably in your scrubs or white coat pocket.

• Offers current clinical information on all facets of surgical patient management—from bedside procedures and operation guidelines to the latest drug therapies and lab tests—to promote effective, state-of-the-art care.

• Provides diagrams, algorithms, comparative tables, lists, key images—and more—to facilitate quick and rapid review of high-yield information.

• Features a chapter of “Skeletons” that provides convenient access to guidance on commonly used patient care management protocols—from admit and transfer orders, history and physical examination, and intensive care unit progress and discharge summaries.

• Includes a section on pharmacotherapy for addressing specific antimicrobial conditions, enabling you to choose the most effective treatment options.

• Covers medical terms in Spanish, equipping you to handle an increasingly diverse patient population.

• Uses a convenient spiral binding so the book lays flat for easy reference and at-a-glance searching.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323039772
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 11/25/2008
  • Series: Practical Guide Series
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 4.00 (w) x 6.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Stat! 1

2 Quick Reference 17

3 Skeletons and Templates 35

4 Medical Illustrations 50

5 Bugs and Drugs 84

6 Procedures 106

7 Systems 135

8 Trauma 226

9 Rounds and Services Survival Guide 254

10 Medical Spanish 257

Index 269

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  • Posted January 15, 2009

    Very useful

    PROS: I am a first year surgery resident and got this book mainly for it's compact size. It fits neatly into my scrub pocket and contains most of the basic information that I need on a day-to-day basis. It is thoughtfully organized, and contains sections on ACLS, medical illustrations, procedures and operations, and medical Spanish, to name a few. My two favorite sections are the medical illustrations and the procedure section. There aren't any good handbooks out there that have a dedicated section on common medical illustrations, such as the anatomy of the bronchial tree, blood suppy to the colon, etc.. The procedure section is also very helpful and contains most of the operations and procedures I would do as an intern. I would also use this section as a template for dictation after the case, e.g. a template for dictating a laparoscopic cholecystectomy or hemicolectomy. I highly recommend this book for surgery residents and medical students.<BR/> <BR/>CONS: I don't like how the spiral bound is at the top of the page. It's not intuitive for me, since I'm use to flipping through books from left to right, not up and down. That said, it's pretty easy to get use to.

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