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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: David J. Dries, MD (University of Minnesota Medical School)
Description: This handbook describes the use of the pulmonary artery catheter.
Purpose: The authors provide a handbook designed for rapid access to essential points rather than consecutive reading of multiple chapters.
Audience: This is a worthwhile reference for the trainee and practitioner. The authors represent an international group of experts in critical care medicine.
Features: This attractive book begins with a rationale for the use of pulmonary artery catheters, followed by description of insertion, pressure measurement, assessment of normal and abnormal physiology, and case studies applying the techniques described. Chapters contain concise outlines, and cross referencing between material in the text is common. Illustrations are black-and-white and are used to substitute for extensive written descriptions. All references are compiled in a bibliography at the conclusion of the work and date to within two years of publication. Chapter descriptions and the table of contents include page-by-page listing of topics contained to allow immediate and direct reference. The detailed index provides access to chapter materials as well as case studies.
Assessment: The role of the pulmonary artery catheter continues to be debated in critical care circles. As more and more investigators undertake studies intended to identify the value of the pulmonary artery catheter, a consistent and correct approach to technique is essential. This book will allow the student and practitioner access to critical thought and description of accepted techniques for the use of this clinical tool. This handbook should be included in any critical care unit where hemodynamic monitoring is emphasized.