The Little ICU Book

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Overview

Ideal for quick reference at the bedside, The Little ICU Book is a smaller, condensed, compact, and portable version of The ICU Book, Third Edition. Most of the chapters in the larger book have been retained in the little book, but each chapter has been completely rewritten to include only the most essential information. The content is presented in outline format for easy access, and the book is densely packed with facts and formulas that represent the essentials of patient care in the adult ICU.

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Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the first edition of a pocket companion to The ICU Book, 3rd edition (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2007). Both works are written by Dr. Paul Marino.
Purpose: This is a bedside quick read for the clinician.
Audience: Medical students, postgraduate trainees, and fellows are an appropriate audience for this work, which is based on a highly successful book that has gone through three editions spanning over 15 years.
Features: Content is designed to parallel the main text. Thus, cardiopulmonary critical care opens the book, followed by organ specific considerations including renal, acid-base, transfusion, nutrition, neurology, infection, and pharmacology. Three concluding appendixes describe units and conversions, lab reference values, and additional physiologic relationships. Chapters are written in outline form and feature many of the tables and equations from the parent text. While the flow of content in the parent text is recreated in this pocket version, not all chapters are specifically summarized. References date to four years or more from the time of publication and reflect original work in the majority of cases. They have not been updated from those used in the larger work published in 2007. Tables and black-and-white line drawings reproduce with good effect. Reference lists are sufficiently long to allow the reader independent access to supporting material. An extensive subject index provides separate citations for figures and tables.
Assessment: This book effectively reproduces the major content areas of the parent text. I was disappointed that references were not updated and noted some surprising typographical errors despite the goal of simple reproduction from the original text. Nonetheless, the author has made an excellent reference work into an effective pocket companion.
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Reviewer: David J. Dries, MD(University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This is the first edition of a pocket companion to The ICU Book, 3rd edition (Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2007). Both works are written by Dr. Paul Marino.
Purpose: This is a bedside quick read for the clinician.
Audience: Medical students, postgraduate trainees, and fellows are an appropriate audience for this work, which is based on a highly successful book that has gone through three editions spanning over 15 years.
Features: Content is designed to parallel the main text. Thus, cardiopulmonary critical care opens the book, followed by organ specific considerations including renal, acid-base, transfusion, nutrition, neurology, infection, and pharmacology. Three concluding appendixes describe units and conversions, lab reference values, and additional physiologic relationships. Chapters are written in outline form and feature many of the tables and equations from the parent text. While the flow of content in the parent text is recreated in this pocket version, not all chapters are specifically summarized. References date to four years or more from the time of publication and reflect original work in the majority of cases. They have not been updated from those used in the larger work published in 2007. Tables and black-and-white line drawings reproduce with good effect. Reference lists are sufficiently long to allow the reader independent access to supporting material. An extensive subject index provides separate citations for figures and tables.
Assessment: This book effectively reproduces the major content areas of the parent text. I was disappointed that references were not updated and noted some surprising typographical errors despite the goal of simple reproduction from the original text. Nonetheless, the author has made an excellent reference work into an effective pocket companion.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781778237
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 7/1/2008
  • Pages: 800
  • Sales rank: 237,035
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

I: PREVENTIVE PRACTICES IN THE CRITICALLY ILL

Chapter 1: Infection Control in the ICU
Chapter 2: Stress-Related Mucosal Injury
Chapter 3: Venous Thromboembolism

II: VASCULAR ACCESS

Chapter 4: Vascular Catheters
Chapter 5: Establishing Venous Access
Chapter 6: The Indwelling Vascular Catheter

III: HEMODYNAMIC MONITORING

Chapter 7: The Pulmonary Artery Catheter
Chapter 8: Cardiac Filling Pressures
Chapter 9: Systemic Oxygenation

IV: DISORDERS OF CIRCULATORY FLOW

Chapter 10: Hemorrhage and Hypovolemia
Chapter 11: Colloid and Crystalloid Resuscitation
Chapter 12: Acute Heart Failure(s)
Chapter 13: Cardiac Arrest

V: CRITICAL CARE CARDIOLOGY

Chapter 14: Acute Coronary Syndromes
Chapter 15: Tachycardias

VI: COMMON PULMONARY DISORDERS

Chapter 16: Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Chapter 17: Asthma and COPD in the ICU

VII: MECHANICAL VENTILATION

Chapter 18: Basics of Mechanical Ventilation
Chapter 19: Modes of Positive-Pressure Breathing
Chapter 20: The Ventilator-Dependent Patient
Chapter 21: Discontinuing Mechanical Ventilation

VIII: ACID-BASE DISORDERS

Chapter 22: Acid-Base Interpretations
Chapter 23: Organic Acidoses
Chapter 24: Metabolic Alkalosis

IX: RENAL AND ELECTROLYTE DISORDERS

Chapter 25: Oliguria and Acute Renal Failure
Chapter 26: Hypertonic and Hypotonic Conditions
Chapter 27: Potassium
Chapter 28: Magnesium
Chapter 29: Calcium and Phosphorus

X: TRANSFUSION PRACTICES IN CRITICAL CARE

Chapter 30: Anemia and Erythrocyte Transfusions
Chapter 31: Thrombocytopenia and Platelet Transfusions

XI: INFLAMMATION AND INFECTION IN THE ICU

Chapter 32: Fever in the ICU
Chapter 33: Infection, Inflammation, and Multiorgan Injury
Chapter 34: Pneumonia in the ICU
Chapter 35: Sepsis from the Abdomen and Pelvis

XII: NUTRITION AND METABOLISM

Chapter 36: Nutritional Requirements
Chapter 37: Enteral Tube Feeding
Chapter 38: Total Parenteral Nutrition
Chapter 39: Adrenal and Thyroid Dysfunction

XIII: CRITICAL CARE NEUROLOGY

Chapter 40: Disorders of Mentation
Chapter 41: Disorders of Movement
Chapter 42: Acute Stroke

XIV: PARENTERAL DRUG THERAPIES IN THE ICU

Chapter 43: Analgesia and Sedation
Chapter 44: Antimicrobial Therapy
Chapter 45: Hemodynamic Drugs

XV: TOXICOLOGY

Chapter 46: Pharmaceutical Toxins and Antidotes

XVI: APPENDICES

Appendix 1: Units and Conversions
Appendix 2: Selected Reference Ranges
Appendix 3: Additional Formulas

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    Ive found this book of great value as a respiratory therapist st

    Ive found this book of great value as a respiratory therapist student. It covers all the basic values we need to be aware of in the critical care setting to help with the diagnosis and trending of our patients. This book is easy to read and laid out well. It has helped me bridge the gap with some of the information not taught in respiratory school to better communicate with the doctors and nurses we work side by side with. I would highly recommend this book !

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