Core Topics in Critical Care Medicine

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-06-07
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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The critical care unit manages patients with a vast range of disease and injuries affecting every organ system. The unit can initially be a daunting environment, with complex monitoring equipment producing large volumes of clinical data. Core Topics in Critical Care Medicine is a practical, comprehensive, introductory-level text for any clinician in their first few months in the critical care unit. It guides clinicians in both the initial assessment and the clinical management of all CCU patients, demystifying the critical care unit and providing key knowledge in a concise and accessible manner. The full spectrum of disorders likely to be encountered in critical care are discussed, with additional chapters on transfer and admission, imaging in the CCU, structure and organisation of the unit, and ethical and legal issues. Written by Critical Care experts, Core Topics in Critical Care Medicine provides comprehensive, concise and easily accessible information for all trainees.

Author Biography

Fang Gao Smith is Professor in Anaesthesia, Critical Care Medicine and Pain, Clinical Trial Unit and Head of Academic Department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick, UK.
Joyce Yeung is Anaesthetic Specialist Registrar, Warwickshire Rotation, West Midlands Deanery and Research Fellow, Academic Department of Anaesthesia, Critical Care and Pain, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, UK.

Table of Contents

List of contributorsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xii
List of abbreviationsp. xiii
Specific features of critical Care medicinep. 1
Recognition of critical illnessp. 1
Advanced airway managementp. 6
Patient admission and dischargep. 16
Transfer of the critically illp. 21
Scoring systems and outcomep. 27
Information management in critical carep. 34
Haemodynamics monitoringp. 40
Critical care imaging modalitiesp. 49
Vasoactive drugsp. 58
Nutritionp. 67
Pain controlp. 72
Sedationp. 77
Ethicsp. 85
Organ donationp. 91
Systemic disorders and managementp. 99
Sepsisp. 99
Multiple organ failurep. 108
Immunosuppressed patientsp. 116
Principles of antibiotics usep. 124
Fluid and electrolyte disordersp. 130
Acid-base abnormalitiesp. 148
Post-operative critical carep. 159
Post-resuscitation carep. 170
Organ dysfunction and managementp. 177
Bleeding and clotting disordersp. 177
Acute coronary syndromesp. 185
Cardiac arrhythmiasp. 194
Acute heart failurep. 202
Mechanical ventilationp. 212
Failure of ventilationp. 226
Failure of oxygenationp. 232
Respiratory weaningp. 241
Non-invasive ventilationp. 246
Unconventional strategies for respiratory supportp. 251
Acute gastrointestinal bleeding and perforationp. 257
Severe acute pancreatitisp. 266
Poisoningp. 275
Liver failurep. 284
Acute renal failurep. 292
Renal replacement therapyp. 299
Status epilepticusp. 306
Abnormal levels of consciousnessp. 312
Meningitis and encephalitisp. 319
Traumatic brain injuryp. 325
Trauma and burnsp. 334
Eclampsia and pre-eclampsiap. 342
Obstetric emergencies in the ICUp. 349
Paediatric emergenciesp. 360
Examinationsp. 369
Core areas required for UK/European Diploma examinationsp. 369
Examples of mock MCQs and viva questionsp. 374
Indexp. 380
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