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Key Topics in Critical Care, Second Edition

2nd Edition

By T. M. Craft, M. J. A. Parr, Jerry P. Nolan

CRC Press

368 pages

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Hardback: 9781859962299
pub: 2004-11-10
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High quality critical care medicine is a crucial component of advanced health care. Completely revised and updated, Key Topics in Critical Care, Second Edition provides a broad knowledge base in the major areas of critical care, enabling readers to rapidly acquire an understanding of the principles and practice of this area of modern clinical medicine.

Expanded to include the latest hot topics, the new edition puts an increased emphasis on recent reviews and contains added references to key landmark papers. Using the trademark Key Topics style, each topic has been written by an expert in the field and includes a succinct overview of the subject with references to current publications for further reading. The book provides a framework for candidates of postgraduate medical examinations such as FRCS, MRCP, and FRCA and a reference that can be consulted in emergency situations.

New topics include:

Critical illness polyneuromyopathy

End of life care

Inotropes and vasopressors

Medical emergency team (outreach critical care)

Status epilepticus

Venous thromboembolism

Table of Contents

Admission and Discharge Criteria

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Adrenal Disease


Analgesia in Critical Care: Basic

Analgesia in Critical Care: Advanced


Arterial Blood Gases: Acid-base Physiology

Arterial Blood Gases: Analysis

Arterial Cannulation


Blood and Blood Products

Blood Coagulation

Blood Transfusion and Complications

Brain Death and Organ Donation


Calcium, Magnesium and Phosphate

Cancer Patients and Critical Care

Cardiac Arrhythmias

Cardiac Chest Pain (Acute Coronary Syndrome)

Cardiac Failure

Cardiac Output: Measurement

Cardiac Pacing

Cardiac Valve Disease

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation

Central Venous Pressure

Chest Tube Thoracostomy

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease


New! Critical Illness Polyneuromyopathy

Death Certification

Diabetes Mellitus

Drug Overdose

New! End-of-life Care



Fibreoptic Bronchoscopy

Fluid Replacement Therapy

Guillain-Barré Syndrome

Head Injury



Infection Control

Infection Acquired in Critical Care (Nosocomial)

New! Inotropes and Vasopressors

Liver Dysfunction

New! Medical Emergency Team (Outreach Critical Care)


Meningococcal Sepsis

Myasthenia Gravis


Obstetric Emergencies: Major Haemorrhage

Obstetric Emergencies: Medical


Pneumonia: Community Acquired

Pneumonia: Hospital Acquired

Post Resuscitation Care


Psychological Aspects of Critical Care

Pulmonary Aspiration

Renal Failure: Rescue Therapy

Renal Failure: Acute

Renal Replacement Therapy

Respiratory Support: Non-invasive Techniques

Respiratory Support: Invasive

Scoring Systems


Sickle Cell Disease

SIRS, Sepsis and Multiple Organ Failure


Spinal Injuries

New! Status Epilepticus

Stress Ulceration


Subarachnoid Haemorrhage

Thyroid Emergencies


Transfer of the Critically Ill

Trauma: Anaesthesia and Critical Care

Trauma: Primary Survey

Trauma: Secondary Survey

New! Venous Thromboembolism

Weaning from Ventilation

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Clinical Medicine
MEDICAL / Critical Care