Intensive Care

1st Edition

An Illustrated Colour Text


  • Michael Avidan
  • Kara Barnett
  • Laureen Hill
  • Lara Hopley
  • Nicola Jones
  • Johan van Schalkwyk
    • Print ISBN 9780443100604

    Key Features

    • Offers an accessible and highly illustrated introduction to intensive care medicine - ideal for any medical personnel working in the intimidating environment of the ICU for the first time
    • Concise, double page spread design permits rapid review of essential information
    • Concise but comprehensive coverage of all the main intensive care topics ranging from patient evaluation and ICU procedures through to organ system problems, infection, burns and poisoning
    • Text is enlivened by clinical case-based questions and answers and pull out ‘practice point boxes’ and ‘fine print’ points for more advanced readers
    • Wide range of colour clinical photographs, radiological images, ECGs and artwork schematics
    • International author team ensures suitability for all markets

    Table of Contents

    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 pati


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    About the editors

    Michael Avidan

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery, Division Chief, CT Anesthesiology and CT Intensive Care, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA

    Kara Barnett

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Resident in Anesthesiology and Critical Care, The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, PA, USA

    Laureen Hill

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Vice Chairman, Department of Anesthesiology; Associate Professor, Anesthesiology and CT Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA

    Lara Hopley

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Senior Clinical Lecturer, Department of Anaesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Auckland; Consultant Anaesthetist, Division of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Auckland City Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand

    Nicola Jones

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Infectious Disease Physician, Nuffield Department of Clinical and Laboratory Sciences, Department of Microbiology, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK

    Johan van Schalkwyk

    Affiliations and Expertise

    Perioperative Physician, Department of Anaesthesia and Perioperative Medicine, Auckland District Health Board, Auckland, New Zealand