The at a Glance series is popular among medical students and junior doctors for its concise and simple approach and excellent illustrations.
Each bite-sized chapter is covered in a double-page spread with colour summary diagrams on the left page and explanatory text on the right. Covering a wide range of topics, books in the at a Glance series are ideal as introductory subject texts or for revision purposes, and are useful throughout medical school and beyond.
Everything you need to know about Acute and Critical Care Medicine...at a Glance!
Following the familiar, easy-to-use at a Glance format, and now in full-colour, Acute and Critical Care Medicine at a Glance is an accessible introduction and revision text for medical students. Fully revised and updated to reflect changes to the content and assessment methods used by medical schools, this at a Glance provides a user-friendly overview of Acute and Critical Care Medicine to encapsulate all that the student needs to know.
This new edition of Acute and Critical Care Medicine at a Glance:
- Provides a brief and straightforward, yet rapid, introduction to care of the critically ill that can be easily assimilated prior to starting a new job or clinical attachment
- Encompasses the clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic skills required to manage acutely ill patients in a variety of settings
- Includes assessment of the acutely unwell patient, monitoring, emergency resuscitation, oxygenation, circulatory support, methods of ventilation and management of a wide variety of medical and surgical emergencies
- Includes new chapters on fluid management, oxygenation, non-invasive ventilation, recognition of the seriously ill patient and hospital-acquired infections
This book is an invaluable resource for all undergraduates in medicine, as well as clinical medical students, junior doctors, nurses caring for acutely-ill patients and paramedics.
"The material forms an excellent basis for junior doctors in critical care and anaesthesia to get a good grounding in the subject, without appearing too scary."
–Senior House Officer
"The system-based approach...provides excellent reference material when studying a particular subject, allowing the reader to easily delve into the book when necessary, without having to read from cover-to-cover. It is an excellent revision aid.... Much time has gone into eliminating superfluous data so maximal essential information can be conveyed quickly."
Table of Contents
Units, symbols and abbreviations 8
Part 1 General.
1 Recognizing the unwell patient 12
2 Admission and ongoing management of the acutely unwell patient 14
3 Monitoring in acute and critical care medicine 16
4 Oxygen transport 18
5 Cardiopulmonary resuscitation 20
6 Shock 22
7 Circulatory assessment 24
8 Fluid management 26
9 Fluid choice: specific situations 28
10 Inotropes and vasopressors 29
11 Failure of oxygenation and respiratory failure 30
12 Oxygenation and oxygen therapy 32
13 Airways obstruction and management 34
14 Non-invasive ventilation 36
15 Endotracheal intubation 38
16 Mechanical ventilation 40
17 Respiratory management, weaning and tracheostomy 42
18 Arterial blood gases and acid–base balance 44
19 Analgesia, sedation and paralysis 46
20 Enteral and parenteral nutrition 48
21 Hypothermia and hyperthermia 50
22 SIRS, sepsis, severe sepsis and septic shock 52
23 Hospital-acquired (nosocomial) infections 54
24 End of life issues 56
Part 2 Medical.
25 Acute coronary syndromes I: clinical pathophysiology 58
26 Acute coronary syndromes II: investigations and management 60
27 Arrhythmias 62
28 Heart failure and pulmonary oedema 64
29 Cardiac emergencies 66
30 Deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism 68
31 Community-acquired pneumonia 70
32 Hospital-acquired (nosocomial) pneumonia 72
33 Asthma 74
34 Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 76
35 Acute respiratory distress syndrome 78
36 Pneumothorax and air leaks 80
37 Respiratory emergencies 82
Renal and metabolic.
38 Acute kidney injury: pathophysiology and clinical aspects 84
39 Acute kidney injury: management and renal replacement therapy 86
40 Diabetic emergencies 88
41 Endocrine emergencies 90
42 Gastrointestinal haemorrhage 92
43 Acute liver failure 94
44 Acute pancreatitis 96
45 Acute confusional state, coma and status epilepticus 98
46 Neurological emergencies: cerebrovascular accidents 100
47 Neurological emergencies: infective 101
48 Neuromuscular conditions 102
49 Coagulation disorders and transfusion 104
50 Drug overdose and poisoning 106
51 The immune compromised patient 108
Part 3 Surgical.
52 Trauma 110
53 Head injury 112
54 Chest trauma 114
55 Acute abdominal emergencies 116
56 Obstetric emergencies 118
57 Burns, toxic inhalation and electrical injuries 120
Part 4 Self-assessment.
Case studies and questions 122
Case studies answers 125
Appendix I: Classifi cation of antiarrhythmic drugs 132
Appendix II: Acute injury network staging system 2008 for acute kidney injury 132
Appendix III: Rockall risk-scoring system for GI bleeds 133
Appendix IV: Child–Pugh grading 133
Appendix V: Typical criteria for liver transplantation 133