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2nd Edition

Acute Care Surgery and Trauma
Evidence-Based Practice, Second Edition

ISBN 9781482299298
Published December 22, 2015 by CRC Press
877 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Acute Care Surgery and Trauma: Evidence-Based Practice discusses important surgical management approaches and clinical decision making based on scientific evidence found in the published literature.

The first edition of this book represented a breakthrough in the discipline by establishing evidence-based guidelines for practitioners. Now updated and fully revised, this new edition continues to support clinicians by providing the most up-to-date information and evidence on which to base their decisions across all aspects of acute surgery and trauma, thus optimizing decision making for the care of individual patients.

The book features chapters written by specialists in acute care, trauma, and emergency surgery, with extensive references throughout. It also includes useful tables summarizing key evidence and clinical recommendations for quick reference and easy interpretation.

A unique feature of this edition is the inclusion of expert commentary to accompany each specialist chapter, including clinical pearls from senior surgeons in the field, making this an invaluable resource for all acute care and trauma practitioners.

Table of Contents

TRAUMA. Patient Safety in the Care of Trauma Patients. Evidence-Based Injury Prevention Strategies. Trauma Systems. Evidence-Based Surgery: Military Injury Outcomes. Evidence-Based Surgery: Traumatized Airway. Monitoring of the Trauma Patient. Resuscitation of the Trauma Patient. Diagnosis of Injury in the Trauma Patient. Evidence-Based Approach to Damage Control Laparotomy. Evidence-Based Surgery: Coagulopathy in the Trauma Patient. Traumatic Brain Injury. Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries. Facial Injuries. Ocular Trauma: An Evidence-Based Approach to Evaluation and Management. Neck Trauma. Emergency Thoracotomy. Chest Wall Trauma. Evidence-Based Surgery: Injury to the Thoracic Great Vessels. Cardiac Trauma. Injury to the Esophagus, Trachea, and Bronchus. An Evidence-Based Approach to Spleen Injury. Injury to the Liver. Small Bowel and Colon Injuries. Diaphragmatic Injuries. Pancreatic and Duodenal Injuries. Abdominal Vascular Trauma. Evidence-Based Approach to Pregnant Trauma Patients. Pelvic Fractures. Evidence-Based Approach to Extremity Vascular Trauma. Surgery of Upper Extremity. Lower Extremity Injury. Limb Salvage for the Mangled Extremity. Critical Questions in Support of the Burned Patient. Inhalation Injury. Electrical, Cold, and Chemical Injuries. Evidence-Based Wound Care Management. Viperidae Snakebite Envenomation. Evidence-Based Surgery: War Wounds. Evidence-Based Surgery: Pediatric Trauma. Evidence-Based Approach to Geriatric Trauma. Rural Trauma. Evidence-Based Management of Genitourinary Trauma. SURGICAL EMERGENCIES. Small Bowel Surgery. Evidence-Based Approach to Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding. Peptic Ulcer Disease. Enterocutaneous Fistulas. Paraesophageal Hernia Repair. Appendicitis: Evidence-Based Medicine. Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding. Diverticular Disease of the Colon. Large Bowel Obstruction. Acute and Chronic Mesenteric Ischemia. Ogilvie’s Syndrome and Colonic Volvulus. Hemorrhoids. Anal Fissure, Fistula, and Abscess. Evidence-Based Practice: Acute Cholecystitis. Acute Cholangitis. Acute Pancreatitis. Pancreatic Pseudocysts. Liver Abscess. Diagnosis and Treatment of Variceal Hemorrhage due to Cirrhosis. Acute Arterial Embolus. Ruptured Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm. Acute Aortic Dissection. Deep Venous Thrombosis. Pulmonary Embolism. Necrotizing Soft Tissue Infections. Incarcerated Hernias. Surgical Endocrine Emergencies. SURGICAL CRITICAL CARE. Bacteremia. Prevention of Central Venous Catheter Infections. Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia. Management of Acute Myocardial Infarction and Cardiogenic Shock. Perioperative Arrhythmias. Feeds and Feeding Surgical Patients. Acute Lung Injury/Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. Acute Renal Dysfunction. Evidence-Based Electrolyte Management. Abdominal Compartment Syndrome. Pain, Agitation, and Delirium in the ICU. Malignant Hypertension: An Evidence-Based Surgery Review.

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Edited by

Stephen M. Cohn, MD, Staten Island University Hospital, New York, USA

Matthew O. Dolich, MD, University of California, Irvine, USA

Kenji Inaba, MD, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA


"Chapters are clearly written and open with an outline before proceeding to presentations involving questions related to patient management. For each question, a summary of evidence is provided with a brief paragraph indicating recommendations. Excellent use is made of tables that summarize questions posed in each chapter…This book can be recommended for the literature reviewed and the breadth of the questions asked." - David J. Dries, MD(University of Minnesota Medical School), Doody Enterprises

"… should be in the library of every medical school, every department of surgery, and every surgeon."