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Table of Contents

1. General Approach to the Critically Ill Patient

2. General Approach to Trauma victims

3. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

4. Assessments of Oxygenation

5. Pulse Oximetry, Capnography, and Blood Gas Analysis

6. Hemodynamic Monitoring

7. Fluid Therapy

8. Nutrition in Critically Ill Patients

9. Mechanical Ventilation/Non-invasive

10. Discontinuation of Mechanical Ventilation

11. Arterial and Central Venous Catheters

12. Ultrasound in the Intensive Care Unit

13. Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenator (ECMO)

14. Tracheal Intubation and Airway Management

15. Tracheotomy and Upper Airway Obstruction

16. Chest Tubes

17. Bronchoscopy

18. Pacemakers and Defibrillators

19. Circulatory Assist Devices

20. Acute Bacterial Pneumonia

21. Asthma

22. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

23. Cor Pulmonale

24. Acute Respiratory Failure/ARDS and Acute Chest Syndrome/ALI

25. Hemoptysis

26. Venous Thromboembolism and Fat Embolism

27. Heart Failure and Valvular Heart Disease

28. Acute Myocardial Infarction

29. Dysrhythmias and Tachyarrhythmias

30. Aortic Dissection

31. Pericardial Disease (Pericarditis and Pericardial Tamponade)

32. Sepsis, Severe Sepsis Syndrome, and Septic Shock

33. Endocarditis

34. Meningitis and Encephalitis in the Intensive Care Unit

35. Disseminated Fungal Infections

36. Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria

37. Bioterrorism

38. Skin and Soft Tissue Infections

39. H1N1/Influenza

40. Immunocompromised Host

41. Hypertension

42. Acute Renal Failure

43. Renal Replacement Therapy and Rhabdomyolysis

44. Hypokalemia and Hyperkalemia

45. Hyponatremia and Hypernatremia

46. Gastrointestinal Bleeding in the Critically Ill Pa


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