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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About the authors

Richard Albert

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado, Chief, Medical Service, Denver Health Medical Center, Denver, CO, USA

Arthur Slutsky

Affiliations and Expertise

Keenan Chair in Medicine, Professor of Medicine, Surgery and Biomedical Engineering, University of Toronto; Vice President (Research), St Michael's Hospital, Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science, Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Marco Ranieri

Affiliations and Expertise

Dipartimento di Anestesia e Rianimazione Ospedale S. Giovanni Battista-Molinette Università di Torino