Critical Care on Call

Critical Care on Call

by Lefor

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071212274
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Europe
Publication date: 01/28/2002
Edition description: New Edition

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McGraw-Hill authors represent the leading experts in their fields and are dedicated to improving the lives, careers, and interests of readers worldwide

McGraw-Hill authors represent the leading experts in their fields and are dedicated to improving the lives, careers, and interests of readers worldwide

McGraw-Hill authors represent the leading experts in their fields and are dedicated to improving the lives, careers, and interests of readers worldwide

Table of Contents

Contributors Preface
  1. On-Call Problems
  2. Laboratory Tests
  3. Bedside Procedures
  4. Fluids & Blood Products
  5. Nutritional Support
  6. Ventilator Management
  7. Transplant Patient
  8. Commonly Used Medications

Appendices:

  1. Critical Care Formulas
  2. Basic Approach to the Diagnosis of Acid-Base Disorders
  3. Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) Score
  4. Body Surface Area Nomogram
Index
Commonly Used Resuscitation Medications

Preface

Preface

The field of critical care has undergone a revolution in the last twenty-five years. It is now defined by contributions from surgery, internal medicine, and anesthesiology. This new text is designed to help the people "in the trenches" of critical care and has been written with contributors from each of these three disciplines. Many of the contributors are residents and fellows in critical care who work daily in this field.

It is my hope that you will carry this book with you daily and refer to it often. It is intended as a practical reference to help deal with the problems that commonly occur in the Critical Care Unit while you are "on call." Although it is often said that the best way to avoid errors is to have experience, and the only way to get experience is to make errors, this book is intended to give you a framework for evaluating the problems that arise in the course of caring for critically ill patients. Once you have seen the patient and performed an evaluation, it may be necessary to seek more experienced advice. The information in this book will provide you with a way to think about a problem and its initial evaluation.

The continued support of the editorial staff at McGraw-Hill is gratefully acknowledged. This book and others in the On-Call series could not have been created without the unflagging efforts of Ms. Janet Foltin. I also wish to acknowledge the significant efforts of all three associate editors, Drs. David L. Bogdonoff, Douglas Geehan, and Lawrence Maldonado, without whose attention to detail this book would lack the balance so important among the three disciplines represented. Lastly, and most importantly, I want to thank the families and friends of all the authors, who support us, yet allow us to devote our time, perhaps our most precious resource, to academic pursuits.

Most of all, I hope that this information will improve the care that our patients receive in critical care units. -- Alan T. Lefor, MD, MPH, FACS, Los Angeles, California, April 2002

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