Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Complications in Anesthesiology

This excellent, up-to-date review covers the full range of complications in anesthesiology related to different systems, equipment, and anesthetic techniques. Key points at the end of each chapter are a distinguishing feature. The last edition was published in 1996, making this update long overdue. This book is intended to familiarize anesthesiologists with complications that happen despite their best efforts. Improvements have made the practice of anesthesia so safe that we do not often see complications. This makes this topic and this book all the more relevant. The authors have successfully tackled the issue with a very readable and concise book. The audience is everyone who practices anesthesia. It will be an asset for residents who will find many of the topics covered only in passing in standard anesthesia textbooks. It will also be helpful for physicians, especially surgeons, who want some insight into potential anesthetic complications as they ask their patients to provide informed consent. The four chapters in the first of the book's six sections covers risk assessment and the all-important subject of legal aspects of complications. The second section of 47 chapters covers complications in different organ systems, including respiratory, cardiovascular, neurologic, renal, blood, gastrointestinal, endocrine, thermoregulation, obstetric, and immunologic. The third section covers machine malfunction, fires, and explosion as well as invasive monitoring complications. Section four covers complications of different anesthesia techniques, nerve injuries, and positioning. The final two sections deal with pharmacologic issues and occupational hazards for anesthesiologists. The book is well written and the chapter outline uses a problem-focused approach. The chapters are focused and well illustrated, and each one ends with a summary of take home points. It's hard to find anything wrong with this book. As the authors note in the preface, they had to make choices about what to keep in and what to leave out. As a result, there is a bit less stress on the management of complications, such as what to do once one suspects a nerve injury. There is no discussion in the chapter on medicolegal issues about how to communicate with family members once a complication occurs. The significant topic of complications in laparoscopic surgery is missing. However, these shortcomings do not take anything away from the book.

Book details:
Author:Lobato, Emilio B.; Gravenstein, Nikolaus; Kirby, Robert R.
Publisher:Lippincott Williams & Wilkins(September 25, 2007)
Size:55,251 MB
Format: Compiled html help file


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Evidence-based Management of Acute Musculoskeletal Pain

This document provides information on the management of acute pain, communication between clinicians and consumers, and the diagnosis, prognosis and interventions for acute low back, thoracic spine, neck, shoulder and anterior knee pain. The document is concerned only with the management of acute episodes of pain (less than 3 months duration) that are no associated with specific diseases and serious conditions.
The work is a joint initiative of the University of Queensland and the Commonwealth Department
of Health and Ageing. The evidence review was undertaken by a multi-disciplinary group.
The following organisations participated in the review and have approved the contents:
• Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists, Faculty of Pain Medicine
• Australian Osteopathic Association
• Australian Rheumatology Association
• Australian Physiotherapy Association
• Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australasia
• Chiropractors’ Association of Australia
• Consumers’ Health Forum of Australia
• Royal Australian College of General Practitioners

Book Details;
Author:Australian Acute Musculoskeletal Pain Guidelines Group
Publisher:Australian Academic Press Pty. Ltd.
Size:1,094 MB


CURRENT Essentials of Critical Care

The most efficient way to get practical answers on more than 200 conditions among the critically ill. Supplies key diagnostic, differential diagnostic, and treatment information for each disorder on a single page. With a clinical pearl per page, plus references, this book truly is essential in critical care.
From the Back Cover
CURRENT ESSENTIALS of CRITICAL CARE is a unique, highly compressed quick reference for those who care for critically ill patients.

*”Nutshell” information on the diagnosis and treatment of more than 200 conditions
*One disease per page with bulleted key points
*Includes shock; fluids and electrolytes; renal, heart, GI, and respiratory problems; and other common conditions
*Handy tabs for quick reference
*A must for medical students, residents, internists, surgeons, anesthetists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants
*Use as a companion to CURRENT Critical Care Diagnosis & Treatment
*1 disease per page – Synoptic information, at a glance
*1 pearl per page – A memorable clinical pearl for each disease
*1 reference per page – One reference for most disorders

Book Details:
Author:Darryl Sue, Janine Vintch
Publisher:McGraw-Hill Medical; 1 edition (September 12, 2004)
Size:801 KB


Pain: What Psychiatrists Need to Know (Review of Psychiatry Series, Vol. 19, No. 2)

One of the most critical issues in health care today?A?Achronic pain?A?Aaffects 34 million people. Causing untold suffering, pain also carries an enormous price tag for medical expense and lost income and productivity. This succinct and expertly written volume offers the most current thinking on pain assessment and management. As effective pain management begins with thorough assessment, so does this book, by presenting biomedical, conceptual, and biopsychosocial models. Although patients present a daunting array of idiosyncratic symptoms, clinicians are reassured that numerous viable strategies exist for tailoring treatment to the individual: pharmacologic, anesthetic, neuro-stimulatory, physiatric, surgical, psychological, and complementary. The importance of approaching pain as a multivariate syndrome is cogently emphasized in a review and analysis of psychogenic pain, an enigmatic form for which the biopsychosocial model is especially efficacious. In a uniquely formatted and practical chapter, readers accompany experts on "pain rounds," visiting patients with four common syndromes: lower back pain, neuropathic pain, migraine, and fibromyalgia. From initial consultation to case conference, diverse specialists offer professional opinions on evaluation, treatment, and difficulties that are likely to be encountered. The chapter is an elegant and useful demonstration of the multimodal approach. As this volume attests, researchers have successfully unraveled the complex physiology of pain. Now, with this book, clinicians have management models that rightly move beyond a view of pain as simply a mind-body, sensory-neural phenomenon.

Book Details:
Author:Mary Jane Massie
Publisher:Amer Psychiatric Pub; 1 edition (June 2000)
Size:979 KB


Critical Thinking in the Perioperative Department

The operating room (OR) is a complex, fast-moving environment, requiring nurses to display their specialized skills across the preoperative, intraoperative, and postoperative setting. Raise the standard of your OR nurses professional nursing practice and teach clinical care providers how to function at a higher level by developing your nursescritical thinking abilities. Build confidence and competence through critical thinking Critical Thinking in the Operating Room: Skills to Assess, Analyze, and Act is a new easy-to-read resource that explains the principles of critical thinking and how to encourage nurses to use critical thinking methods. This essential book covers how to lead classroom sessions for new graduate nurses and experienced nurses to develop critical thinking skills, including successful classroom processes and learning strategies. It includes learning strategies, worksheets, and handouts to supplement the classroom learning. Critical Thinking in the Operating Room: Skills to Assess, Analyze, and Act provides strategies for managers and nurse educators to use in developing critical thinking skills during orientation and beyond, and includes tools and resources for ongoing development. Benefits for both novice and seasoned professional nurses Learn how to develop a culture of critical thinking, from coaching new grads through bad patient outcomes to encouraging experienced nurses by setting expectations. You also get a CD with all the books valuable and completely customizable resources such as operating room -specific assessment tools, worksheets, and sample questions.

Book Details:
Author:Shelley Cohen , RN, BS, CEN
Publisher:HCPro, Inc; 1 edition (March 27, 2008)
Size:930 KB



Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Sepsis: New Strategies for Management

"This brief monograph reviews immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory strategies under investigation as adjuncts in management of sepsis and pneumonia. … Practitioners with an academic interest in sepsis are an appropriate audience for this work … . Chapters are clearly written and tables and line drawings have good pedagogic quality." (David J. Dries, Doody’s Review Services, January, 2009)
Sepsis is an important public health problem around the world. Severe sepsis carries significant morbidity, mortality and high costs. The incidence of sepsis is increasing because of the aging population, the growing number of immunocompromised hosts, the increasing use of invasive procedures, and, to a lesser extent, antibiotic resistance among pathogens. Despite recent advances in the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and therapeutic approaches the mortality rate associated with this condition remains high. Therefore, the goal of Sepsis: New Strategies is to review novel targets to be considered in patients with severe sepsis and to assess new developments for patients with sepsis originating in the respiratory tract.

Book Details:
Author:Jordi Rello, Marcos I. Restrepo
Publisher:Springer; 1 edition (July 7, 2008)
Size:706 KB
Format: pdf


Handbook of Drugs in Intensive Care: An A - Z Guide 4th edition

The book is particulary strong on newer medicines ... and is stuffed full of useful pearls and snippets of information ... an excellent book that can act as a touchstone for frontline clinical pharmacists in critical care and, at GBP24.99, represents real value for money.' The Pharmaceutical Journal
Numerous treatment options are available to intensive care staff; this requires detailed knowledge of routes of administration and contra-indications to use in certain clinical conditions. Now in its fourth edition, this concise, practical handbook to drugs and prescribing for intensive care gives up-to-date advice on established drugs as well as providing advice on those recently approved. The book is divided into two sections: an A-Z guide to many of the drugs available, with concise information on each drug, including uses, limitations, administration directions and adverse effects. The second section contains topics relevant to the critically ill patients, including factors that may affect drug prescribing and management of medical emergencies. There is also a key data section showing weight conversions, BMI and corresponding dosage calculations, and an invaluable chart indicating drug compatibility for IV administration. This is an invaluable resource for doctors, nurses, and pharmacists caring for critically ill patients.

Book Details:
Author:Henry Paw,Rob Shulman
Publisher:Cambridge University Press; 4 edition (February 15, 2010)
Size:685 KB


Anesthesia Crash Course

Anesthesia Crash Course is uniquely positioned to address the needs of new trainees in anesthesia. This book is written in a conversational tone, avoiding unnecessary jargon and distilling the key concepts of anesthesia into easy-to-remember tidbits - an approach in increasing demand by medical students and junior physicians.

The audience for this book is chiefly new anesthesia residents, interns, medical students who rotate through anesthesia services, and nurse anesthetists. By demystifying the world of anesthesia, it provides a welcome resource to medical students and RNs who are considering additional training in this popular but poorly understood specialty. Surgical residents who feel they're not up to speed with what's happening on the other side of the "ether screen" would certainly also benefit from reading Anesthesia Crash Course.

New anesthesia trainees face an extremely daunting learning curve. As they progress through training, they will read longer and more detailed treatises on every aspect of modern anesthesia. It is not realistic to imagine that someone might finish such a book in the first week of his or her training! Anesthesia Crash Course wil serve as a bridge between a trainee's pre-anesthesia experience and more formal training. It can be read in the last month of internship, or in evenings while completing the first few weeks of anesthesia training. It can also serve as a medical student's accompaniment for a two-week anesthesia elective.

Book Details:
Book details:
Author:Charles Horton
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA; 1 edition (December 2, 2008)
Size:700 KB



Pocket Guide Pain Management

"This concise book provides clear, evidence-based treatment guidelines for common painful conditions in a practical format. … Physicians and nurses who care for patients in pain, either in the hospital or clinic setting, are the intended audience. The book also would be helpful for medical students and residents working in a pain rotation as part of their training. … Of the pain books that claim to be handy, none is as handy, simple, and useful as this one." (Tariq M. Malik, Doody’s Review Service, February, 2009)
The increasing call for quality management and improvement can only be met by the introduction of standard operating procedures (SOPs) which ensure continuity and consistent quality in patient care. The purpose of the book is to review the practice of pain therapy in a very concise form. Based on the longstanding experience of the authors and editors, specific, proven guidelines have been developed on how to proceed in a variety of clinical situations. All relevant procedures are described in a short and clear manner so that the user will know specifically what to do in certain clinical circumstances.

Numerous studies have shown that the implementation of SOPs in the various participating departments can optimize processes and lead to shorter hospital stays. In this way, standards can become a significant factor in boosting efficiency and reducing costs.

Book details:
Author:Claudia Spies,Benno Rehberg,Stephan A. Schug,Gunnar Jaehnichen,Sarah Harper
Publisher:Springer; 1 edition (November 17, 2008)
Size:530 KB
Format: pdf