Thursday, July 31, 2014

Compact Clinical Guide to Mechanical Ventilation

The only book written about mechanical ventilation by nurses for nurses, this text fills a void in addressing high-level patient care and management specific to critical care nurses. Designed for use by practicing nurses, nursing students, and nursing educators, it provides a detailed, step-by-step approach to developing expertise in this challenging area of practice. The guide is grounded in evidence-based research and explains complex concepts in a user-friendly format along with useful tips for daily practice. It has been written based on the authors' many years of teaching students at all levels of critical care as well as their experience in mentoring novice and experienced nurses in the critical care arena.
Emphasizing the nurse's role in mechanical ventilation, the book offers many features that facilitate in-depth learning. These include bulleted points to simplify complex ideas, learning objectives, key points summarized for speedy reference, learning activities, a case study in each chapter with questions for reflection, clinical "pearls," references for additional study, and a glossary. A digital companion includes cue cards summarizing challenging practice concepts and how-to procedural videos. The book addresses the needs of both adult critical care patients and geriatric critical care patients. A chapter on International Perspectives addresses the similarities and differences in critical care throughout the globe. Also covered are pharmacology protocols for the mechanically ventilated patient. Additionally, the book serves as a valuable resource for nurses preparing for national certification in critical care.
Key Features:
    Written by nurses for nurses
    Provides theoretical and practical, step-by-step information about mechanical ventilation for practicing nurses, students, and educators
    Includes such digital resources as "Cue Cards" and procedural videos
    Comprises a valuable resources for the orientation of nurses new to critical care
    Contains chapters on international perspectives in critical care and pharmacology protocols for the mechanically ventilated patient

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Practical Applications of Mechanical Ventilation

Essential to students as well as clinicians working in the intensive care unit
Practical Applications of Mechanical Ventilation is a concise basic textbook on mechanical ventilators valuable to students as well as practitioners. It provides a thorough overview of the physiologic basis of ventilation and details various ventilatory strategies for different disease states requiring intensive care.
The book is comprised of 43 chapters grouped into six parts to cover all aspects of ventilatory management. Sections include:
  •     Respiratory Physiology
  •     Effects of Controlled Ventilation
  •     Know Your Ventilator
  •     Ventilatory Parameter
  •     Modes of Ventilation
  •     Ventilation Strategy

Haematology in Critical Care

This will be a practical handbook for use in a clinical ICU setting for information on diagnosis and clinical management of haematological disease in critical care. There are currently no books on the market that significantly address haematology in critical care – all ICU based books have a broader focus of diagnosis and clinical management, rather than purely haematology based. Common procedures/interventions for a haematologist will include delivering critical care, often for life-threatening disease.
For unselected ICU admissions, every patient will have a full blood count and the great majority will have their coagulation profile checked. Many of these critically ill patients will have abnormalities in these tests that require interpretation. Many more will have clinical conditions such as thrombosis or bleeding and may require blood products.

ECMO-Extracorporeal Life Support in Adults

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) has been in clinical use for some 40 years, but it is only in the past decade that its application in the treatment of life-threatening circulatory and respiratory failure has truly flourished.
This book presents a comprehensive overview of both pathophysiological and practical aspects of circulatory and respiratory extracorporeal support. The basics of ECMO, including its history, the “ECMO team”, cannulation, materials, and blood-surface interactions, are first discussed. The various indications for and particular characteristics of circulatory and respiratory extracorporeal life support are then described in detail in the main part of the book. Patient care during ECMO and monitoring of the ECMO patient are also carefully covered, with explanation of the management of technical and clinical complications and transport-related problems. Further topics include long-term therapy options beyond ECMO, such as ventricular assist devices and transplants, outcome, the new frontiers of ECMO for organ procurement and future challenges.
The authors are well-known experts in the field whose authoritative contributions and attention to practical aspects will be invaluable for novices and experienced practitioners alike.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Starting to Read ECGs: The Basics

This book is book aims to provide the beginner with a concise, practical and systematic guide to interpreting ECGs. It will serve not only as a starter text but also as an immediate bedside reference manual. Starting to Read ECGs: The Basics begins with fundamentals such as how to perform, record and interpret a normal ECG before progressing onto more complex topics, including what effects anatomical abnormalities of the heart, cardiac and non-cardiac conditions can have on the ECG. Each chapter has been supplemented with a multitude of images and diagrams to illustrate points and ease understanding, and concludes with both a summary of key points to reinforce knowledge and a quiz for reflective learning.
Starting to Read ECGs: The Basics is an updated version of that previously published by CriticAir and an essential resource for medical students, junior doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health care professionals involved in the recording and interpretation of ECGs who wish to build their knowledge and confidence.

Morbid Obesity: Peri-operative Management

The world is experiencing an obesity epidemic. In both industrialized and emerging countries, the percentage of adults and children with obesity is increasing annually. It is no longer unusual to encounter a patient with extreme or morbid obesity in the operating room; these patients are routinely scheduled for every type of surgical procedure. Everyone involved in the peri-operative management of the surgical patient with morbid obesity - surgeons, anesthesiologists, internists, psychologists, nurses, nutritionists, respiratory therapists - must be aware of the special needs of these patients. Morbid Obesity: Peri-operative Management, second edition, considers the perioperative care of the morbidly obese patient, from preoperative preparation to intraoperative management and through to their postoperative course. Edited by leading experts in the management of the morbidly obese surgical patient, Morbid Obesity: Peri-operative Management, second edition, provides clear, practical clinical guidance on the management of the extremely obese surgical patient.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Oxford Desk Reference: Critical Care

Critical care medicine is an evolving specialty in which the amount of available information is growing daily and spread across a myriad of books, journals, and websites. This essential guide brings together this information in an easy-to-use format. Up-to-date, relevant, and evidence-based information on the management of the critically ill is combined in one resource, ideal for the use of Intensive Care Units, High Dependency Units, acute medical or surgical wards, Accident and Emergency departments, and operating theatres.
The book is designed such that each subject forms a self-contained topic in its own right, laid out across two or four pages to facilitate the key aim of rapid and easy access to information. This makes the information included simple to find, read, and absorbo, so that the book can be consulted in the clinic or ward setting for informtion on the optimum management of a particular condition.
With chapters written by internationally renowned critical care specialists and edited by three of the leading figures in UK Critical Care, this book should be an essential resource for all critical care physicians.

Oxford Handbook of Critical Care

The fully revised, third edition of this bestselling handbook describes best practice of critical care in a succint, concise, and clinically-oriented way. Covering the principles of general management, it includes therapeutic and monitoring devices, specific disorders of organ systems, as well as detailed information on drugs and fluids. New material has been added on key areas such as airway maintenance, dressing techniques, infection control, echocardiography, tissue perfusion monitoring, coma and more. With up-to-date references and invaluable clinical advice, there is also plenty of space to add notes or amend sections to suit local protocols.
Patient-centered and practical, it will serve the consultant, trainee, nurse or other allied health professionals as both a reference and aide memoir. This is the indispensable Oxford Handbook for all those working within critical care.

SBA and MTF MCQs for the Final FRCA

Preparing for the Final FRCA? Wondering what to expect of the SBA questions? Help is at hand. This practical book contains 60 single best answer and 120 multiple true/false questions to help you revise for the Final FRCA MCQ exam. Each question is accompanied by detailed explanations, giving additional information on each topic to enhance revision. SBA and MTF MCQs for the Final FRCA may be used both for examination practice and as a source of knowledge on many of the key topics in the syllabus. A helpful introductory section gives practical advice on how to approach revision and sitting the exam. From the writing team behind the website (, an outstanding exam preparation source for both the Primary and Final FRCA, this book provides challenging questions and well researched explanations to help you through the Final FRCA MCQ paper. An invaluable tool for your MCQ exam preparation.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Anesthetic and Obstetric Management of High-Risk Pregnanc

It has been enormously satisfying to prepare the third edition of Anesthetic and Obstetric Management of High-Risk Pregnancy because it fulfills the need for close communication between two specialties, anesthesiology and obstetrics. This relationship is necessary not only to take care of the sick parturient, but also to deliver a healthy baby. New developments in obstetrics and in obstetric anesthesia necessitated this third edition. Most of the contributors to this edition are new, and they have provided information on the latest approaches, as well as updated information. In addition, Chapter 13, “Critical Care Anesthesia for High-Risk Parturients,” is completely new. Like earlier editions, the third edition includes contributions from an international team of experts in the field of obstetric anesthesia and obstetrics. I thank all the authors for their va- able contributions. The authors have expressed their own opinions and recommendations, which do not necessarily reflect my own views. I also wish to thank Ms. Elizabeth Kiernan for her endless help in completing the new edition. I sincerely hope this edition will further reinforce the concept of the team approach for taking care of the high-risk parturient.