The ICU Book / Edition 1

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This best-selling resource provides a general overview and basic information for all adult intensive care units. The material is presented in a brief and quick-access format which allows for topic and exam review. It provides enough detailed and specific information to address most all questions and problems that arise in the ICU. Emphasis on fundamental principles in the text should prove useful for patient care outside the ICU as well. New chapters in this edition include hyperthermia and hypothermia syndromes; infection control in the ICU; and severe airflow obstruction. Sections have been reorganized and consolidated when appropriate to reinforce concepts. Purchase of The ICU Book, Third Edition gives you free access to a Website featuring links from references to PubMed, updated regularly; and a directory of Websites handpicked by Dr. Marino.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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From The Critics
Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the second edition of a softbound text book of adult critical care.
Purpose: Provided is a generic description of critical care issues crossing specialty and subspecialty lines. The first edition of this work has been a popular tool for medical students and junior house officers.
Audience: The junior house officer and student may benefit from this work. This book differs from others because it is written by a single author. The author is a intensive care educator from the University of Pennsylvania.
Features: Fifty chapters in nearly 900 pages comprise the second edition of this work, making it far longer than the first edition, published in 1990. Chapters are written in a brief, readable style with important ideas indicated by texture of type and generous use of subheadings, tables, and graphics. Occasional radiographs are also presented, which reproduce adequately. References are divided according to general or classic works followed by more recent work arranged to correspond to subjects. References date to within 2 years of book release and 3 years of the publication date and represent valuable overviews or original work. Illustrations are provided in black-and-white with good reproduction quality; there are only occasional typographic errors. Content begins with cardiopulmonary issues and concludes with infectious disease, fluid and electrolyte disorders, nutrition, and neurologic concerns. The table of contents contains only chapter title and subject grouping. A detailed index of approximately 50 pages is provided, which includes separate citations for tables.
Assessment: Dr. Marino continues the highly successful format begun in the first edition of his book. This version of The ICU Book has been rewritten and significantly expanded to reflect recent thinking in critical care. As is clearly stated in the preface, the reader needing information specific to subspecialty concerns, such as obstetric problems, for example, will need to seek other sources.
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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812113068
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 1/28/1991
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 713
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.04 (h) x 1.32 (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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