Oh's Intensive Care Manual - 6th Edition

Oh's Intensive Care Manual

6th Edition

Editors: Andrew Bersten Neil Soni
Authors: Andrew Bersten
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann


The sixth edition of Oh’s Intensive Care Manual provides practical, concise information on all aspects of intensive care. Written in a clear and accessible style and now for the first time presented in colour throughout, this book enables the user to manage a patient in an ICU setting effectively without recourse to large text/reference works or specialized monographs.
This thoroughly revised and updated edition reflects the best and most current practice from leading centres in Australia, the UK and Western Europe. Although primarily intended for the trainee and practitioner in intensive care, nurses and other allied health professionals will find that this is an invaluable tool in helping to deal with a broad spectrum of conditions encountered in the ICU.

Key Features

  • Represents a consensus of practice/standard of care in Australia/NZ, UK and Europe.
  • Treatment guidelines are authoritative since they follow those that are Recommended/laid down by Professional societies.
  • Comprehensive, covers all important areas of intensive care medicine.
  • Provides a single resource that will cover everything that a user will need to know during the course of an ICU rotation. No need to refer to a larger textbook.
  • Information on management and treatment of conditions is balanced by pathophysiological and pharmacological background. This is not just a "cook book" of procedures. It provides all of the essential information for candidates wishing to pass professional examinations.
  • Covers the paediatric as well as the adult patient in the ICU.
  • Provides quick access and practical guidance for all clinical scenarios.
  • Extensive list of key references most taken from the last three years.
  • Helps trainees and practitioners prepare for case conference/presentations.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Design and organization of intensive care units

Chapter 2 Outreach

Chapter 3 Severity of Illness and Likely Outcome from Critical Illness

Chapter 4 Transport of the Critically Ill

Chapter 5 Physiotherapy in Intensive Care

Chapter 6 Critical Care Nursing

Chapter 7 Ethics in Intensive Care

Chapter 8 Common problems after ICU

Chapter 9 Clinical Information Systems

Chapter 10 Clinical Trials in Critical Care

Chapter 11 Overview of Shock

Chapter 12 Haemodynamic Monitoring

Chapter 13 Multiple Organ Dysfunction Syndrome

Chapter 14 Monitoring Oxygenation

Chapter 15 Lactic Acidosis

Chapter 16 Cardiovascular disease

Chapter 17 Adult Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Chapter 18 Management of cardiac arrhythmias

Chapter 19 Cardiac pacing and implantable cardioverter defibrillators

Chapter 20 Acute Heart Failure

Chapter 21 Valvular and Congenital Heart Disease

Chapter 22 Postoperative Cardiac Intensive Care

Chapter 23 Echocardiography in Intensive Care

Chapter 24 Oxygen Therapy

Chapter 25 Airway Management and Acute Upper Airway Obstruction

Chapter 26 Acute Respiratory Failure in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Chapter 27 Mechanical Ventilatio

Chapter 28 Humidification and Inhalation Therapy

Chapter 29 The Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)

Chapter 30 Pulmonary Embolism

Chapter 31 Severe Acute Asthma

Chapter 32 Peumonia

Chapter 33 Non-Invasive Ventilation

Chapter 34 Respiratory Monitoring

Chapter 35 Imaging the Chest

Chapter 36 Acute Gastrointestinal Bleeding

Chapter 37 Severe Acute Pancreatitis

Chapter 38 Hepatic Failure

Chapter 39 Abdominal Surgical Catastrophes

Chapter 40 Acute Renal Failure

Chapter 41 Renal Replacement Therapy

Chapter 42 Disorders of Consciousness<


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About the Editor

Andrew Bersten

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Critical Care Medicine, Flinders Medical Centre and School of Medicine, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia

Neil Soni

Affiliations and Expertise

Consultant in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia, Director and Lead Clinician, Intensive Care Unit, Magill Department of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Management, Hon. Senior Lecturer, Imperial College Medical School, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, London, UK

About the Author

Andrew Bersten

Affiliations and Expertise

Department of Critical Care Medicine, Flinders Medical Centre and School of Medicine, Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia


"The short and succinct chapters pack in the essential items of knowledge. Each area covered gives both theoretical basis, but also the practical ways of treating the condition being described and the evidence basis for doing so."
BMA Book Awards 2009 - judges comments