Critical Care Medicine – Current Principles And Practices
Concepts and methods for care of the critically ill have advanced very rapidly in the past decade. The change reflect not only the development of potent new therapeutic measures, but also a more aggressive attitude by physicians toward therapy and the availability of practical devices for monitoring and resuscitation. This combination of new attitudes, methods, and equipment is exemplified by the modern intensive care unit and, in larger hospitals, by the specialty units in which critical care medicine is practiced. Multidisciplinary teams — including medical specialists, surgical specialists, anesthesiologists, nurse specialists, and allied technical personnel — now assure dedicated care of critically ill patients.
So, for the exploration of concepts surrounding critical care, eighteen contributions have been written by Dr. Charles Roland and John H. Talbott, former Senior Editor and Editor-in-Chief, respectively, of the Journal of the American Medical Association. These eighteen contributions are brought together in this volume as a thoroughly practical description of the major problems likely to be confronted by the physician responsible for acute care in intensive care, coronary care, respiratory care, and other critical care units.
While this volume is not meant to replace more encyclopedic textbooks, or literature references to the details of medical, surgical, or anesthesia practice, although references to such sources are included.