Intensive Care - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780443100604

Intensive Care

1st Edition

An Illustrated Colour Text

Authors: Michael Avidan Kara Barnett Laureen Hill Lara Hopley Nicola Jones Johan van Schalkwyk
Paperback ISBN: 9780443100604
Imprint: Churchill Livingstone
Published Date: 29th November 2007
Page Count: 208

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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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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About the Authors

Michael Avidan Author

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 Author

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Laureen Hill Author

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 Author

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 Author

Affiliations and Expertise

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

Johan van Schalkwyk Author

Affiliations and Expertise

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