Key Features

  • Offers you the insights and benefits of critical care research being performed outside the U.S.
  • Combines practical, clinical guidance with the basic science necessary to effectively treat and manage critical care patients.
  • Emphasizes the practice of critical care, including general organ system monitoring and support.
  • Covers the wide range of diseases, disorders, and trauma encountered in the ICU.
  • Discusses everything from biologic response to stress to mechanical ventilation to problems associated with infectious diseases.
  • Includes detailed discussions on the hottest topics in the field, including mechanical ventilation * assessment for weaning * pregnancy-related critical care * and bioterrorism and unusual critical care medicine conditions.
  • Uses over 600 full-color illustrations that explain every detail.
  • Offers a differential diagnosis table, a management algorithm, a therapeutic implications flowchart, and a controversies box in every clinical disorders chapter.
  • Includes a BONUS CD-ROM that lets you download all of the superb full-color illustrations from the book into PowerPoint.

Table of Contents

Section 1. Basic Biology and Critical Care Medicine

Inflammation * Genetics * Biologic Response to Stress * Vascular Tone * Cell Metabolism and Tissue Hypoxy

Section 2. Practice of Critical Care

ICU Pharmacology, Including Sedation, Paralysis, Analgesis, Delirium * Antibiotics in the ICU * ID Prophylaxis * Prophylactic Therapy * ICU Scoring Systems * Hemodynamic Monitoring

Mechanical Ventilation

Modes * Tracheostomy * Monitoring * Patient–ventilation Interaction * VALI * Assessment for Weaning * VA Pneumonia * Clinical Assessment of the Acutely Unstable Patient * Nursing Issues of the Critically Ill * Nutritional Support * Withdrawal and Withholding Life Support

Section 3. Pulmonary Problems

Acute Exacerbations of COPD and Asthma (including VCD) * Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Including Near-Drowning, Vasculitis * Pulmonary Embolism * Obesity and Chest Wall Problems * Neuromuscular Respiratory Failure, Including Botulism, Guillian-Barre, Tick Paralysis, Myasthenis Gravis, Organophosphates

Section 4. Cardiovascular Problems

Pathophysiology of Cardiovascular Failure * Cardica Ischemia/Infarction * Arrhythmias (brady, tachy, pacing) * Hypertensive Emergencies * Acute Cardiovascular Emergencies * Heart–Lung Interactions

Section 5. Neurologic Problems

Intracranial Pressure and Central Brain Flow Regulation * Management of Traumatic Brain Injury, Including Secondary Insult, Traumatic Edema (Glasgow Coma Scale) * Management of Subarachnoid Hemmorhage, Including HHH, Vasospasm * CNS Infection and Vasculitis * Seizure * Management of Spinal Injury * Brain Death and Management of Donor

Section 6. Renal and Metabolic Problems

Acid Base Disorders * Electrolyte Disorders * Acute Renal Failure * Hepatorenal Syndrome * A


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