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Bedside Critical Care Manual, 2nd Edition FREE TO VIEW

Craig A. Jensen, MD
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Fellow, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care University of New Mexico Health Science Center Albuquerque, NM

Chest. 2002;121(3):1010-1011. doi:10.1378/chest.121.3.1010-a
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By Edward D. Chan MD, Lance S. Terada MD, John Kortbeek MD, and Brent W. Winston MD. Philadelphia, PA: Hanley and Belfus, Inc, 2002; 277 pp; $29.95

Yet another compendium of information about critical care? When reviewing this text, my goal was to find the qualities that set it apart from the multitude of other similar books. What I found was a reference manual that, if not overwhelmingly novel, was certainly well-executed and, therefore, an excellent choice for the “peripheral brain” to be carried in the critical care clinician’s pocket.

Bedside Critical Care Manual is appropriately named in that it covers a broad array of topics relevant to the care of critically ill patients, particularly those with multisystem dysfunction. The authors provide a concise and timely review of common and uncommon clinical scenarios throughout the spectrum of medical subspecialties, with additional sections covering hemodynamic monitoring, nutrition, radiology, procedures, and ethics. Key references are found throughout each well-organized section, accompanied by abundant and useful clinical pearls.

Chan and colleagues proffer the most currently available medical information regarding patient management, including updated guidelines for advanced cardiac life support. The basic style and presentation are similar to that of time-honored texts such as the Washington Manual series. Consequently, the target audience would likely be those who are “on the run,” such as medical students and house officers, although anyone participating in the care of critically ill patients likely could find it useful, including nurses and seasoned attending physicians. While this type of resource is not designed to replace more comprehensive references, Bedside Critical Care Manual succeeds in quickly and efficiently introducing its readers to a wide variety of issues involved in the care of critically ill patients.




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