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Critical Care Secrets

  • Authors: Polly E. Parsons, Jeanine P. Wiener-Kronish, Lorenzo Berra, Renee D. Stapleton
  • ISBN: 9788131234891
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science Publishing
  • Edition: 5th
  • Publication Date: January 1, 2018
  • Format: Paperback – 587 pages
  • Language: English


For more than 30 years, the highly regarded Secrets Series® has provided students and practitioners in all areas of health care with concise, focused, and engaging resources for quick reference and exam review. Critical Care Secrets features the Secrets’ popular question-and-answer format that also includes lists, tables, and an easy-to-read style – making reference and review quick, easy, and enjoyable.

Key Features

  • Fully updated throughout, with new chapters on neurological monitoring, obesity in the ICU, new ultrasound practices, ICU survivorship, and the latest cardiac technology such as ventricular assist and percutaneous support devices.
  • Written and fully updated by clinical and thought leaders in critical care who have contributed chapters in their areas of expertise.
  • The proven Secrets Series® format gives you the most return for your time – concise, easy to read, engaging, and highly effective.
  • Covers the full range of essential topics in critical care for in-training or practicing professionals, including anatomy, physiology, immunology, and inflammation – fundamentally important topics in the effective care of critically ill patients.
  • Top 100 Secrets and Key Points boxes provide a fast overview of the secrets you must know for success in practice and on exams.
  • Portable size makes it easy to carry with you for quick reference or review anywhere, anytime.
Table of Contents
  1. Section I. General ICU Care
    1. Glycemic Control in the ICU
    2. Early Mobility
    3. Sedation, Analgesia, Delirium
    4. Pain Management in the ICU
    5. Ethics and Palliative Care
    6. Fluid Therapy
    7. Nutrition in Critically Ill Patients
    8. Mechanical Ventilation
    9. Noninvasive Respiratory Support
    10. Weaning from Mechanical Ventilation and Extubation
    11. Quality Assurance and Patient Safety in the ICU
  2. Section II. Monitoring
    1. Pulse Oximetry, Capnography, and Blood Gas Analysis
    2. Hemodynamic Monitoring
    3. Neuromonitoring
  3. Section III. Procedures
    1. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
    2. Arterial and Central Venous Catheters
    3. Critical Care Ultrasound
    4. Ventricular Assist Device
    5. Percutaneous Assist Devices
    6. Intra-Aortic Balloon Pumps
    7. Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO)
    8. Tracheal Intubation and Airway Management
    9. Tracheotomy and Upper Airway Obstruction
    10. Chest Tubes and Pneumothorax
    11. Bronchoscopy
    12. Pacemakers and Defibrillators
  4. Section IV. Pulmonary
    1. Acute Pneumonia
    2. Asthma
    3. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
    4. Acute Respiratory Failure/ARDS
    5. Hemoptysis
    6. Venous Thromboembolism and Fat Embolism
  5. Section V. Cardiology
    1. Heart Failure and Valvular Heart Disease
    2. Acute Myocardial Infarction
    3. Cardiac Arrhythmia
    4. Aortic Dissection
    5. Pericardial Disease (Pericardial Tamponade and Pericarditis)
  6. Section VI. Infectious Disease
    1. Sepsis and Septic Shock
    2. Endocarditis
    3. Meningitis and Encephalitis in the Intensive Care Unit
    4. Disseminated Fungal Infections
    5. Multidrug-Resistant Bacteria
    6. Skin and Soft Tissue Infections
    7. H1N1/Influenza
    8. Immunocompromised Host
  7. Section VII. Renal Disease
    1. Hypertensive Crises
    2. Acute Kidney Injury
    3. Renal Replacement Therapy and Rhabdomyolysis
    4. Hypokalemia and Hyperkalemia
    5. Hyponatremia and Hypernatremia
  8. Section VIII. Gastroenterology
    1. Upper and Lower Gastrointestinal Bleeding in the Critically Ill Patient
    2. Acute Pancreatitis
    3. Hepatitis and Cirrhosis
  9. Section IX. Endocrinology
    1. Diabetic Ketoacidosis and Hyperosmolar Hyperglycemic State
    2. Adrenal Insufficiency in the Intensive Care Unit
    3. Thyroid Disease in the ICU
  10. Section X. Hematology/Oncology
    1. Blood Products and Coagulation
    2. Thrombocytopenia and Platelets
    3. Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation
  11. Section XI. Neurology
    1. Coma
    2. Brain Death
    3. Status Epilepticus
    4. Stroke and Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
    5. Guillain-Barre Syndrome and Myasthenia Gravis
    6. Alcohol Withdrawal
  12. Section XII. Surgery and Trauma
    1. Burns and Frostbite
    2. Thoracic Trauma (Flail Chest and Pulmonary & Myocardial Contusion)
    3. Acute Abdomen and Peritonitis
    4. Organ Donation
  13. Section XIII. Emergency Medicine
    1. Disaster Medicine, Bioterrorism and Ebola
    2. Allergy and Anaphylaxis
    3. Hypothermia
    4. Heat Stroke
  14. Section XIV. Toxicology
    1. General Approach to Poisonings
    2. Analgesics and Antidepressants
    3. Toxic Alcohol Poisoning
    4. Cardiovascular Medications
    5. Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome
  15. Section XV. Unique Patient Populations
    1. Care of the Critically Ill Pregnant Patient
    2. Care of the Obese patient
    3. Oncologic Emergencies
    4. Post-Intensive Care Syndrome & Chronic Critical Illness
    5. ICU Survivors
  16. Section XVI. Emerging Therapies
    1. Sepsis: Emerging Therapies
Author Biography

By Polly E. Parsons, MD, E.L. Amidon Professor and Chair, Department of Medicine, University of Vermont College of Medicine; Medicine Health Care Service Leader, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, Vermont

Jeanine P. Wiener-Kronish, MD, Anesthetist-in-Chief, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts

Lorenzo Berra, MD, Anesthesiologist, Intensivist, and a Member of Dr. Warren Zapol’s MGH Anesthesia Center for Critical Care Research, Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Anesthesia, Critical Care and Pain Management, Boston, Massachusetts

Renee D Stapleton, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, Vermont

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