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This book captures the generic information of practical significance for anyone functioning in an intensive care unit regardless of its medical or surgical environment. The Second Edition has been thoroughly revised and updated. Seven new chapters have been added for specific clinical coverage of neurologic crises, myocardial infarction, AIDS, and the important problem of post-operative management. Drug-to-drug and drug-to-nutrient interactions are grouped in an appendix by the nature of the interaction (lethal, serious, and minor). The coverage of Clinical Scoring Systems has been expanded. There's also an appendix of Enteral Feeding Formulas which provides specific recipes for the common nutritional packs used in ICU environments.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Text focuses on the fundamental principles of critical care medicine with a problem-oriented rather than disease-oriented approach to the techniques, calculations, treatments, indications, drug dosages, and clinical insights needed by critical care professionals in all varieties of ICU practice. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the third edition of an immensely popular overview of critical care practice. The last edition was published in 1998.
Purpose: The "common ground" of critical care is presented with an emphasis on fundamental principles applicable to various disciplines.
Audience: Practitioners at all levels will benefit from this work, which maintains the flavor of single authorship, although a second critical care specialist contributes to later chapters.
Features: This softcover book of 53 chapters, three appendixes, and a detailed subject index has grown by 150 pages while remaining a manageable size. The previous presentation of content is largely maintained with an opening review of cardiopulmonary physiology, procedures, monitoring, and common practices in prophylaxis. Later chapters delve into specific cardiopulmonary problems including hypoxemia, acute coronary syndromes, airflow obstruction, ventilator dependence, and cardiac arrest. Concluding sections cover acid/base changes, renal insufficiency, transfusion, infections, neurology, and metabolic support. A new section has been added on the important subject of temperature changes. Chapters are effectively updated and contain reference lists organized to correspond to content subheadings. References date to within one to two years of publication. Most but not all chapters include a brief list of summary points. Radiographs reproduce with good quality and artwork has been nicely redone. The table of contents groups chapters by type of content while the extensive subject index of 58 pages includes separate citations for figures and tables.
Assessment: This edition is another outstanding presentation of applied physiology for the clinician of any discipline practicing critical care. Production quality has been significantly enhanced with improved artwork and paper stock. I believe this edition will be as popular as its predecessors have been. Another book of comparable orientation, price, and quality is Critical Care Medicine: The Basics, 3rd edition, by Marini and Wheeler (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2006).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780683055658
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 928
  • Product dimensions: 6.04 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.45 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Circulatory Blood Flow
2 Respiratory Gas Transport
3 The Threat of Oxidant Injury
4 Vascular Access
5 The Indwelling Vascular Catheter
6 Gastrointestinal Prophylaxis
7 Venous Thromboembolism
8 Analgesia and Sedation
9 Arterial Blood Pressure
10 The Pulmonary Artery Catheter
11 Central Venous Pressure and Wedge Pressure
12 Thermodilution: Methods and Applications
13 Tissue Oxygenation
14 Hemorrhage and Hypovolemia
15 Colloid and Crystalloid Resuscitation
16 Acute Heart Failures
17 Cardiac Arrest
18 Hemodynamic Drugs
19 Early Management of Acute Myocardial Infarction
20 Tachyarrhythmias
21 Hypoxemia and Hypercapnia
22 Oximetry and Capnography
23 Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
24 Oxygen Inhalation Therapy
25 Respiratory Pharmacotherapy
26 Principles of Mechanical Ventilation
27 Patterns of Assisted Ventilation
28 The Ventilator-Dependent Patient
29 Discontinuing Mechanical Ventilation
30 The Febrile Patient
31 Infection, Inflammation, and Multiorgan Injury
32 Nosocomial Pneumonia
33 Sepsis from the Abdomen and Pelvis
34 The Immunocompromised Patient
35 Antimicrobial Therapy
36 Acid-Base Interpretations
37 The Organic Acidoses
38 Metabolic Alkalosis
39 Acute Oliguria
40 Hypertonic and Hypotonic Syndromes
41 Potassium
42 Magnesium
43 Calcium and Phosphorus
44 Erythrocyte Transfusions
45 Platelet Disorders and Replacement
46 Nutrient and Energy Requirements
47 Enteral Nutrition
48 Parenteral Nutrition
49 Adrenal and Thyroid Dysfunction
50 Disorders of Mentation
51 Disorders of Movement
52 Stroke and Related Disorders
53 Pharmaceutical Toxins and Antidotes
54 Drug Dosing Adjustments in the ICU
App. 1 Units and Conversions
App. 2 Selected Reference Ranges
App. 3 Clinical Scoring Systems
App. 4 Health Care and Vital Statistics
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2006

    Better books out there

    This book is terrible. A new edition is coming out and hopefully it will be better than this one. Some of the information is outdated and wrong (gut decontamination). The text is awkward. The pictures and drawings are terrible. Spend the money on Irwin and Rippe's pocket book (which actually fits in your lab coat pocket) or Wheeler's Critical Care Essentials.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2000

    fantastic reference for any ICU

    Many of the medical residents in our hospital have this book when they do their ICU rotation. Not only have they found it useful, but so does the nursing staff. It is a comprehensive reference that helps us really put together a clear picture of a patient's case, and helps us provide more thorough care as a result. I recommend it highly to any ICU nurse manager to purchase for his or her staff. It will help improve patient care in all disciplines. As an RN I am considering purchasing it for my own personal collection of medical reference books.

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