During the last five years the role of the intensive care unit and management of critically ill patients have become even more central in the acute health care sector. Concurrently, there have been progressive changes in both the information base and paradigms of care of critically ill patients. With these issues in mind, the major goal of Oh's Intensive Care Manual, to provide a concise, practical and easily accessible book for a broad range of clinicians and health care professionals, has become even more relevant. This new sixth edition of Oh's Intensive Care Manual has been significantly updated to reflect the important information changes over the last five years. In addition to a new chapter on Clinical Trials, there are many new authors and many of the chapters have been extensively rewritten. These include "Ainway management and acute upper airway obstruction," and three of the Endocrine Disorders chapters on "Diabetes insipidus," "Thyroid emergencies'" and "Adrenocortical insufficiency" The "ARDS" chapter has been updated to include discussion on the most recent clinical trials of PEEP, fluids, steroids, prone position and inhaled nitric oxide, as has the chapter on "Non-invasive ventilation" and the "Acid-base balance and disorders" chapter introduces a focus on the Stewart approach.
Although primarily intended for the trainee and practitioner in Intensive Care Medicine, nurses, allied health professionals and other medical specialists will also find this an extremely useful practical guide to the care of the critically ill patient.