Pocket On Call

By Andrew Stewart

Series Editor: Rory Mackinnon

© 2015 – CRC Press

151 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

Purchasing Options:
Paperback: 9781444185034
pub: 2015-01-20
US Dollars$20.95

e–Inspection Copy

About the Book

This genuinely pocket-sized guide to being on call is ideal for medical students and newly qualified junior doctors seeking a convenient and concise handbook to refer to in busy clinical settings. Clear, concise and systematic, Pocket on Call contains exactly what you need to make rapid and appropriate decisions without overwhelming or extraneous information.With this book in your pocket, you’ll be equipped to tackle being on call appropriately and with confidence. Answering the questions that are not always addressed in the lecture theatre, with this book as an indispensable companion the inexperienced doctor will be equipped to tackle being on call appropriately and with confidence.

Table of Contents

‘Getting set’

General introduction

Introduction to on call

Preparing for on-call work

Acutely unwell patients

Being alerted to unwell patients

Remembering the alphabet … the ‘A, B, C, D, E’


The patient with chest pain

The patient with shortness of breath

The patient with an upper GI bleed

The acutely collapsed patient

The fitting patient

The patient with acute abdominal pain

The patient with sepsis

The patient in cardiac arrest

The fallen patient

The patient with a transfusion reaction

The patient with hyperkalaemia

The patient with an acute stroke

The patient with low urine output

Situations and communication

Talking to micro …

Presenting to seniors

Ordering portable plain chest radiographs (CXRs)

Certifying the deceased patient

The post-take ward round

Blood bank, blood products, and massive haemorrhage protocols

Needlestick injury


Safe prescribing



Fluid prescribing



About the Author/Editor

Andrew Stewart, Specialist Registrar in Anaesthetics and Intensive Care Medicine, Sheffield, UK

About the Series

Pocket Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / General
MEDICAL / Administration
MEDICAL / Internal Medicine