The Intensive Care Unit Manual 2nd Edition PDF

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The aim of the second edition of The Intensive Care Unit Manual remains the same as the first edition: to provide a handbook for critical care clinicians, particularly residents and fellows, that is comprehensive, concise, and practical.
More than 10 years have passed since the first edition was published. We updated the content of the 91 chapters carried over from the first edition accordingly. We also broadened the book’s scope by adding 21 new chapters that reflect advances in medical knowledge and patient care as well as today’s reality in practicing critical care medicine (e.g., as a multi-disciplinary team in the context of culturally competent and family-centered care). Our total of 112 chapters benefited greatly by having “room to expand” online, including all of the updated annotated bibliographies for each chapter plus other important text, tables, and figures.
With these updated and new chapters, this manual now encompasses all six of the core clinical competencies that the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requires as outcomes for all US residency programs (see Common Program Requirements at
Sections 1 through 5 of the manual reflect the ACGME competencies of Patient Care and Medical Knowledge as well as some elements of Practice-based Learning and Improvement. New chapters in these sections include key clinical topics in the practice of contemporary critical care medicine: use of noninvasive ventilation, management of alcohol withdrawal syndrome, care of morbidly obese medical and surgical patients, diagnosis, prevention and management of delirium, therapeutic hypothermia after cardiac arrest, management of acute decompensation of patients with chronic heart failure, and alternative modes of ventilation.
Sections 6 and 7, new to this edition, contain the chapters that represent the ACGME core competencies of Professionalism, Interpersonal and Communication Skills, and Systems-based Practice. I invite the reader to flip through Chapters 102 to112 in Sections 6 and 7 (or their titles in the Table of Contents) to see their specific topics.
We welcome your email comments, especially how you think we can make this manual even more useful to you ([email protected]).
Needless to say, it’s been extremely satisfying to me to see this book take shape as envisioned and become a reality for a second time. Like the first edition, it is the product of many people’s efforts.

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