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2nd Edition

Small Animal Emergency and Critical Care Medicine
A Color Handbook

ISBN 9781840761856
Published April 29, 2012 by CRC Press
330 Pages 203 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Emergency and critical care medicine is one of the fastest growing fields of veterinary practice. Virtually every life-threatening disease can present for emergency evaluation, requiring knowledge of internal medicine, neurology, cardiology, oncology, anesthesia, and much more. Rapid and effective application of this knowledge can mean the difference between life and death for the animal.

Critical care requires the recognition of subtle changes in the clinical course of animals, and the ability to take corrective action before severe systemic disease becomes irreversible. Clinical decisions regarding seemingly small items, such as fluid therapy, antibiotics, or analgesics, can have a profound impact on patient outcome.

This book focuses on management of the more common emergency and critical care conditions encountered in clinical practice, collated in a concise manual. There are chapters on emergencies affecting each body system, on toxicology and other environmental causes, and on critical care techniques ranging from patient monitoring, anesthesia and analgesia to fluid therapy, transfusion medicine and nutritional support, plus a chapter describing clinical skills and procedures. The text is illustrated by top-quality color photos, imaging and diagrams, and key information is highlighted in tabular form.

The authors combine experience in teaching and in clinical practice, and provide a ready resource for all those actively engaged in the field: practitioners and trainees, technicians, and nurses.

Table of Contents


Part One: Emergency Medicine
Cardiac Emergencies
Respiratory Emergencies
Hematological Emergencies
Toxicological Emergencies
Gastrointestinal Emergencies
Renal Emergencies
Neurological Emergencies
Metabolic Emergencies
Reproductive Emergencies
Environmental Emergencies

Part Two: Critical Care
Monitoring Critical Care Patients
Anesthesia and Analgesia for Critical Care Patients
Fluid Therapy
Transfusion Medicine for Critical Care Patients
Nutritional Support for Critical Care Patients

Conversion Tables
Calculation of a continuous rate infusion
Intensive care unit drug formulary


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"A welcome addition to the reference library of any emergency clinician."

Praise for the Previous Edition
"Extremely easy to read… well suited for dipping into a particular chapter to get an overview of a topic."
The Veterinary Record