Description: This is a pocket-sized, evidence-based review of common problems faced by the critical care practitioner treating patients with neurologic problems.
Purpose: Diagnosis, evaluation, and therapeutics are presented in a case-based, question and answer format.
Audience: Practitioners at all levels may benefit from this work emanating from neuroscience programs in New York and the eastern United States.
Features: Initial chapters describe problems faced by neurointensivists, including subarachnoid hemorrhage, traumatic brain injury, spontaneous intracranial hemorrhage, epilepsy, stroke, spinal cord injury, hypoxic brain injury, and neurologic infections. Later chapters review management of supporting organ systems, including airway, ventilator and metabolic management. Chapters are clearly written and make extensive use of shading, texture of type, and tables to provide a significant amount of information in relatively few pages. Black-and-white illustrations and reproductions of cerebral radiographs are of remarkably good quality. Each chapter contains a reference list featuring primary work, and references date to within two years of publication. The brief index includes separate citations for figures and tables.
Assessment: This is an excellent multidisciplinary overview for trainees or practitioners with a significant commitment to management of patients with neurologic problems. Chapters with a neurologic focus, such as subarachnoid hemorrhage, provide excellent guidance and detail. Chapters on support of other organ systems provide information similar to that found in a general critical care manual.