Critical Care Medicine at a Glance, 3rd Ed.

Critical Care Medicine at a Glance, 3rd Ed.

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Critical Care Medicine at a Glance, 3rd Ed.

Critical Care Medicine at a Glance is ideal for medical students, junior doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals expected to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to care for acutely ill patients.

• Is fully revised and updated to increase coverage of a rapidly expanding area of medicine

• Provides a simple and straightforward, yet rapid, introduction to the care of the acutely ill

• Features new 'Pearls of Wisdom', to aid learning and understanding

• Includes an appendix of top nutrition tips from the Royal College of Physicians

• Provides increased coverage of neurological emergencies, acute and abdominal emergencies, arrhythmias, imaging and fluid management.

Table of Contents:




Units, symbols and abbreviations

Part 1: General

  1. Recognizing the acutely unwell patient
  2. Managing of the critically ill patient
  3. Monitoring in critical care medicine
  4. The electrocardiogram
  5. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
  6. Oxygen transport
  7. Shock
  8. Circulatory assessment
  9. Fluid management: pathophysiological factors
  10. Fluid management: assessment and prescription
  11. Fluid management: fluid choice
  12. Inotropes and vasopressors
  13. Failure of oxygenation and respiratory failure
  14. Oxygenation and oxygen therapy
  15. Airways obstruction and management
  16. Non-invasive ventilation
  17. Endotracheal intubation
  18. Mechanical ventilation
  19. Respiratory management, weaning and tracheostomy
  20. Arterial blood gases and acid–base balance
  21. Analgesia, sedation and paralysis
  22. Enteral and parenteral nutrition
  23. Hypothermia and hyperthermia
  24. Assessment of the patient with suspected infection
  25. Bacteraemia, SIRS and sepsis
  26. Hospital-acquired (nosocomial) infections
  27. Fever in the returning traveler
  28. Fever (pyrexia) of unknown origin
  29. End of life issues

Part 2: Medical


  1. Acute coronary syndromes I: clinical pathophysiology
  2. Acute coronary syndromes II: investigations and management
  3. Arrhythmia: tachyarrhythmia
  4. Arrhythmia: bradyarrhythmia
  5. Heart failure and pulmonary oedema
  6. Cardiac emergencies
  7. Deep venous thrombosis and pulmonary embolism


  1. Chest imaging and bronchoscopy
  2. Community-acquired pneumonia
  3. Hospital-acquired (nosocomial) pneumonia
  4. Asthma
  5. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  6. Acute respiratory distress syndrome
  7. Pneumothorax and air leaks
  8. Respiratory emergencies

Renal and metabolic

  1. Acute kidney injury: pathophysiology and clinical aspects
  2. Acute kidney injury: management and renal replacement therapy
  3. Electrolyte disturbance: sodium and potassium
  4. Electrolyte disturbance: calcium
  5. Electrolyte disturbance: magnesium and phosphate
  6. Diabetic emergencies
  7. Endocrine emergencies


  1. Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
  2. Jaundice
  3. Acute liver failure
  4. Acute pancreatitis
  5. Vomiting and intestinal obstruction
  6. Diarrhoea
  7. Ascites
  8. Abdominal imaging


  1. Acute confessional state, coma and status epilepticus
  2. Stroke
  3. Other cerebral vascular disorders
  4. Infective neurological emergencies
  5. Neuromuscular conditions


  1. Specific bacterial infections
  2. Common adult viral infections
  3. Common fungal and protozoal infections
  4. The immune compromised patient

Other systems

  1. Coagulation disorders and transfusion
  2. Drug overdose and poisoning

Part 3: Surgical

  1. Trauma
  2. Head injury
  3. Chest trauma
  4. Acute abdominal emergencies
  5. Obstetric emergencies
  6. Burns, toxic inhalation and electrical injuries

Part 4: Self-assessment

Case studies and questions

Case studies answers


Appendix I: Classification of antiarrhythmic drugs

Appendix II: Acute injury network staging system 2008 for acute kidney injury

Appendix III: Rockall risk-scoring system for GI bleeds

Appendix IV: Child–Pugh grading

Appendix V: Typical criteria for liver transplantation

Appendix VI: RCP ten top nutrition tips


ISBN #: 9781118302767

Author: R. Leach