General ultrasound in the critically ill describes a new clinical tool: ultrasound for the intensive care and emergency physician. Written by an intensivist familiar with ultrasound, it specifically details findings of immediate clinical relevance throughout its approx. 220 pages. Through a whole-body approach, this book considers new emergency applications regarding the abdomen, venous system, head, heart, and the most original topic, the lung. Flow charts are proposed to resolve daily intensive care and emergency occurrences: acute dyspnea, shock, unexplained fever, etc. The strong points and pitfalls of ultrasound are reviewed in detail. This book shows just how critical ultrasound has proven to be in satisfying a major concern in the intensive care and emergency medicine fields: speed and accuracy. With this ever-present requirement for rapid diagnosis in mind, General ultrasound in the critically ill provides a key to practicing a visual medicine, a great benefit to the critically ill patient, especially since ultrasound is noninvasive and can be done at the bedside. This volume is not only an exhaustive atlas dealing with the most variable aspects of the critically ill patient, but it is above all a guide, a permanent aid in the therapeutic decision.
From the reviews:
"Based on the extensive experience of the author and correlated with use of CT as the gold standard, the text describes the utility of ultrasound not only in the intensive care setting but extrapolated to the A&E department, ambulance or air ambulance. a ] The utility of ultrasound as a diagnostic tool, as well as aiding interventional techniques, is well described a ] . would be useful for radiology specialist registrars and sonographers undertaking ultrasound examination of critically ill patients." (Dr. C M E Rubin, RAD Magazine, August, 2005)
"Bedside ultrasound with a ~point of care machinesa (TM) is now a reality a ] . This book introduces this practice in the intensive care unit. a ] designed as a practical guide to the basics for beginners. There are numerous useful illustrations and sample pictures. a ] This text is written by an author with huge personal experience a ] . His practical knowledge is illustrated by the wealth of detail a ] . There is much to be learnt a ] I would recommend it to those who wish to begin to use the technique of general ultrasound in critically ill patients." (G.H. Mills, British Journal of Anaesthesia, Vol. 95 (2), 2005)
"The editor presents a book on the latest developments in ultrasound for emergency physicians and intensive care. He provides a wide variety of ultrasonic approaches in the critically ill patients. a ] In summary, the present book provides a good overview on general ultrasound in the critically ill patient and can be recommended not only to those who start with their residency of fellowship in ultrasound, but also to the experienced radiologists who can use it as a guide in their therapeuticdecisions." (T. J. Vogl, European Radiology, Vol. 16, 2006)
"Ultrasonography has enormous utility in the practice of critical care medicine. a ] The entry level student, the resident or fellow, and the veteran attending ultrasonographer will be continually informed, stimulated, and motivated by this wonderful book. This text is a a ~musta (TM) read by all clinicians interested in the field of critical care ultrasonography. It is the absolute standard in the field. It belongs in the library of every intensivist, regardless of training level, and in every critical care fellowship program library." (Paul H. Mayo, Intensive Care Medicine, Vol. 33, 2007)