Acute Medicine Pocketbook


  • Christopher Ball, Junior Fellow, Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Oxford, UK
  • Robert Phillips, Junior Fellow, Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, Oxford, UK

Here's quick access to evidence-based recommendations for the diagnosis and management of 41 acute medical conditions. For each condition, there is a four-page guide with brief, bulleted text that outlines symptoms, investigation, therapy, and more. Recommendations are made based on a systematic review of available evidence using approved EBM methods. The weight of each recommendation is graded using the letters A through D, with no additional EBM jargon or statistics. This pocketbook allows readers to reap the benefits of evidence-based research without all the hard work!
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Book information

  • Published: May 2002
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-07178-2

Table of Contents

How to use this book
1. Alcohol withdrawal
2. Anaemia
3. Anaphlaxis shock
4. Aortic dissection
5. Asthma exacerbation
6. Unstable angina and non Q-wave myocardial infarction
7. Atrial fibrillation
8. Bradyarrthythmias
9. CO positioning
10. Cardiac arrest
11. Cellulitis
12. Chest pain
13. Chronic liver failure
14. Exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
15. Coma
16. Deep venous thrombosis
17. Delirium
18. Diabetic ketoacidosis
19. Drugs
20. Giant cell arteritis
21. Congestive heart failure
22. Hypercalcaemia
23. Hyperkalaemia
24. Hypertensive crisis
25. Hypoglycaemia
26. Hyponatraemia
27. Infective endocarditis
28. Inflammatory bowel disease
29. Meningitis
30. Myocardial infarction
31. Pleural effusions
32. Community acquired pneumonia
33. Spontaneous pneumothorax
34. Pulmonary embolism
35. Acute renal failure
36. Sickle cell crisis
37. Status epilepticus
38. Stroke
39. Syncope
40. Tachycardias
41. Upper gastrointestinal bleeding
Appendix 1: Levels of evidence
Appendix 2: Abbreviations used