Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicineby Elizabeth A. Rozanski, John E. Rush
Emergency and critical care medicine is one of the fastest growing fields of veterinary practice. Virtually every life-threatening disease can present for emergency evaluation, requiring knowledge of internal medicine, neurology, cardiology, oncology, anesthesia, and much more. Rapid and effective application of this knowledge can mean the difference between life
Emergency and critical care medicine is one of the fastest growing fields of veterinary practice. Virtually every life-threatening disease can present for emergency evaluation, requiring knowledge of internal medicine, neurology, cardiology, oncology, anesthesia, and much more. Rapid and effective application of this knowledge can mean the difference between life and death for the animal.
Critical care requires the recognition of subtle changes in the clinical course of animals, and the ability to take corrective action before severe systemic disease becomes irreversible. Clinical decisions regarding seemingly small items, such as fluid therapy, antibiotics, or analgesics, can have a profound impact on patient outcome.
This book focuses on management of the more common emergency and critical care conditions encountered in clinical practice, collated in a concise manual. There are chapters on emergencies affecting each body system, on toxicology and other environmental causes, and on critical care techniques ranging from patient monitoring, anesthesia and analgesia to fluid therapy, transfusion medicine and nutritional support, plus a chapter describing clinical skills and procedures. The text is illustrated by top-quality color photos, imaging and diagrams, and key information is highlighted in tabular form.
The authors combine experience in teaching and in clinical practice, and provide a ready resource for all those actively engaged in the field: practitioners and trainees, technicians, and nurses.
Description: This book is split into two convenient sections covering emergency medicine and critical care medicine for small animals.
Purpose: The purpose is to "complement comprehensive textbooks of emergency and critical care medicine" and to "bring this information into a small manual which might be a ready resource for clinicians actively engaged in the field." This is a much needed book and it meets the authors' objectives well.
Audience: It is intended for practitioners who routinely see emergency and critical care cases, according to the authors.
Features: Its best attribute is the way it comprehensively covers an overwhelming topic in such a small, easily accessible manual. The emergency section covers all of the important topics that practitioners are likely to encounter. The critical care section can be used as a reference manual for practitioners needing help with blood transfusions, nutritional support, fluid therapy decisions, etc.
Assessment: This book is of the highest quality, is comprehensive but usable and very portable. Its excellent illustrations, tables, and diagrams make it very useful in an emergency situation. It will be a very helpful addition to any emergency/critical care practitioner's practice.
Meet the Author
Elizabeth Rozanski, School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, USA.
John Rush, School of Veterinary Medicine, Tufts University, North Grafton, USA.
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