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Intensive Care

An Illustrated Colour Text

This book is an accessible and highly illustrated introduction to intensive care medicine, suitable for junior doctors, medical students and nurses.

Junior doctors rotating through ICU
Medical students
ICU nurses

Paperback, 208 Pages

Published: November 2007

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-443-10060-4


  • INTRODUCTION * The history of intensive care * What is intensive care?

    SAFETY AND QUALITY IN THE ICU * Evidence-based intensive care * Critical care transport * Drug interactions

    EVALUATION OF THE ICU PATIENT * Clinical excellence * Monitoring in the ICU

    ICU PROCEDURES The airway in the ICU * Vascular access in the ICU * Fibreoptic bronchoscopy in the ICU * Cerebrospinal fluid, lumbar puncture and lumbar drain

    ORGAN SUPPORT * Mechanical ventilation * Renal replacement therapy * Mechanical circulatory support

    HOMEOSTASIS * Circulation * Oxygen delivery * ICU acid–basics * Carbon dioxide * Thermal disorders

    FOOD, SALT AND FLUIDS * Feeding and starving in the ICU * Electrolyte abnormalities * Fluid therapy in the ICU * Blood and blood components

    ORGAN SYSTEMS: CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM * Neurological assessment * Central nervous system injury * Weakness in the ICU * Seizures * Altered mental states * Analgesia in the ICU * ICU sedation * Organ donation

    ORGAN SYSTEMS: CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM * Monitoring the cardiovascular system * Ischaemic heart disease * Heart failure in the ICU * Arrhythmia * Pacing * Cardiac surgery * Pulmonary hypertension * Valvular and congenital heart disease

    ORGAN SYSTEMS: RESPIRATORY * Respiratory failure * Asthma * Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease * The ICU chest X-ray

    ORGAN SYSTEMS: GASTROINTESTINAL/RENAL * Renal failure * Gastrointestinal bleeding * Gastrointestinal motility disorders * Cholecystitis/pancreatitis * Liver failure

    ORGAN SYSTEMS: ENDOCRINE * Endocrine function in the ICU * Diabetes mellitus in the ICU * Endocrine emergencies

    HAEMATOLOGICAL * Clotting and bleeding: a delicate balance * Thrombosis in the ICU * Bleeding in the ICU

    INFECTION * Prevention and treatment of infections * Sepsis and septic shock* Central nervous system infection * Pneumonia * Infections associated with prosthetic material in the ICU * The immunocompromised patient in critical care * Tropical medicine * Clever bugs and defunct drugs

    SPECIAL TOPICS * Inflammation * Burns * Obstetric critical care * Toxicity: poisonings and overdoses * Deliberate attacks: chemicals, radiation and bioterrorism * Advanced cardiac life support * Ethics: limiting and withdrawing treatment * Trauma


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