Emergencies in Critical Care

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Martin Beed, Richard Sherman, Ravi Mahajan
OUP Oxford, Oct 25, 2007 - Medical - 560 pages
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This essential handbook provides a practical, accessible guide to all emergency situations encountered in the critical care setting. Emergencies are very common in the critical care setting; but also surprisingly predictable. This book helps critical care staff identify those at risk, how to manage them, and be prepared in the ward. The book is split into two halves: the first about emergencies within specific systems; the second concentrates on various conditions or groups of patients. Most chapters begin with a generic description of how to manage emergencies affecting that system, or patient group. This is followed by details of specific diagnoses and how they should be managed. The author team have also tried, where possible, to follow the 'ABC' approach, which is not only the standard approach to emergency management, but also a widely-used scheme for documenting daily reviews on ICU and for documenting trauma management. This book will help all critical care staff involved with the management of emergencies, from the new junior doctor to the experienced staff nurse and consultant in a portable and easily-readable format.

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Martin Beed graduated from Nottingham Medical School in 1994, and has worked in a wide variety of hospitals including being a medical SHO in the Shetland Isles. He trained in anaesthesia and intensive care in the Nottingham and East Midlands School of Anaesthesia; and has worked for a year inthe intensive care unit of the Royal Adelaide Hospital, Australia, where he developed an interest in the retrieval and transfer of critically ill patients by air or by road. He obtained a consultant post in Intensive Care and Anaesthesia in 2006 at the City Campus of Nottingham University Hospitals.Richard Sherman trained at The University of Sheffield Medical School. Following his pre-registration posts he completed a two-year General Medical SHO rotation at King's Mill Hospital, Mansfield. His anaesthetic and intensive care training, initially at King's Mill Hospital and then on theNottingham and East Midlands' Anaesthetic scheme, included one year of pure Intensive Care experience at Nottingham City Hospital and the Queen's Medical Centre and 18 months' worth of experience in Intensive Care as a Specialist Registrar at Lincoln County, Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and King'sMill district general hospitals. He gained his current position as Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthesia at Nottingham City Hospital in 2002. He has been a member of the Intensive Care Society for over eight years. He is a qualified Advanced Trauma Life Support instructor and enjoys theeducational aspect of his work. He is involved with undergraduate and trainee teaching, audit and research. Ravi Majahan joined the University of Nottingham in 1991 as a lecturer in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, and was awarded chair in 2006. He has a drive for education and research, has beentraining programme director, honorary secretary of Anaesthetic Research Society, and has held many examinerships. His main research interests include cerebral vascular physiology, and vascular physiology in sepsis.

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