Oxford Textbook of Critical Care 2nd Edition PDF
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Since the first edition of the Oxford Textbook of Critical Care was published there have been many advances in our understanding and management of critical illness. We prefaced the first edition with a note on the exacting nature of critical care; the holistic complexity of the patient with multisystem dysfunction, the out-of-hours commitment, the often stressful and highly charged situations requiring considerable agility of brain and hand, and the continuing evolution (and occasional revolution) in perceived ‘best practice’. However, these challenging demands are precisely what attract the critical care practitioner to the specialty. The importance of strong support mechanisms—from colleagues, from national and international societies, and from robust educational and research outputs—is paramount to not only sustain but also enhance the quality of care given.
Recognizing the increasing use of electronic media for reference, we have continued the format used in the first edition. The traditional chapter layout of a textbook gave way to system-orientated sections. Each section has been subdivided into short topics grouped within the section according to clinical problems. We believe the reader will often come to this book, in paper or electronic format, wishing to update on a specific clinical problem that matches an issue experienced at the bedside. Furthermore, this layout facilitates manageable and relevant searches in electronic media.
The Oxford Textbook of Critical Care is a single-volume major reference book aiming to cover the breadth of clinical and organizational aspects of adult critical care medicine in readable chunks. We clearly acknowledge that every single topic cannot possibly be covered in detail, but hope its comprehensive nature will be found useful by all health care providers who look after critically-ill patients.
We recognize there are often local, national, and international differences in philosophy and management strategy. Some of these differences are seemingly contradictory and it is often difficult for physicians in one country to assimilate information produced for another. We intended from the outset to offer the Oxford Textbook of Critical Care as an international text. We have attempted to give a balanced view where international differences exist and, in many cases, have sat squarely on the fence. We make no apology for this since we believe the book should inform rather than dictate.
Producing this edition has been a mammoth task, co-ordinating the efforts of over 600 authors from all corners of the world. We thank all those who have contributed to this project and to members of the staff of Oxford University Press for persuading us to take on this second edition, and whose skill and support have been essential to the editorial and production process. Finally, the editors are saddened to hear of the passing of Dr Mitchell Fink, Prof Albert Jaeger and Dr Jan Kornder since the submission of their contributions to the book.
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