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Handbook of Drugs in Intensive Care
An A-Z Guide

6th Edition

  • Date Published: July 2019
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108444354


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  • Now in its sixth edition, the Handbook of Drugs in Intensive Care is the essential guide to using drugs safely and effectively in the intensive care setting. The book is split into two sections: an A-Z guide to the drugs available, and concise notes on the key topics and situations faced on a daily basis. The A-Z section provides succinct information on each drug including uses, limitations, administration directions and adverse effects. The second section details practice guidelines such as insulin therapy, Parkinson's disease therapy when nil-by-mouth, and drug dosing in renal failure. This revised edition includes seventeen new drug monographs and covers several new topics, including blood glucose management. A colour chart showing drug compatibility for intravenous administration is included at the back of the book. Presented in a concise, compact format, this book is an invaluable resource for doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals caring for critically ill patients.

    • Provides the latest information on drug therapy in the intensive care unit
    • New monographs have been added and old ones thoroughly updated
    • Includes a unique 'IV drugs compatibility chart' so that readers can identify compatible and non-compatible drugs combinations
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of previous edition: 'The book is particularly strong on newer medicines … and is stuffed full of useful pearls and snippets of information … an excellent book that can act as a touchstone for front-line clinical pharmacists in critical care.' The Pharmaceutical Journal

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    Product details

    • Edition: 6th Edition
    • Date Published: July 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108444354
    • length: 444 pages
    • dimensions: 185 x 122 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.48kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 66 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    How to use this book
    Drugs: An A-Z Guide
    Prescribing using generic or brand names
    Routes of administration
    Loading dose
    Drug metabolism
    Enzyme systems
    Drug excretion
    Drug tolerance
    Drug interactions
    Therapeutic drug monitoring
    Target range of concentration
    Pharmacology in the critically ill
    Body weight
    Guide to ideal tidal volume
    Cardiopulmonary resuscitation
    Drugs in advanced life support
    Management of acute major anaphylaxis
    Management of acute severe hyperkalaemia
    Management of malignant hyperthermia
    Sedation, analgesia and neuromuscular blockade
    Opioid conversion table
    Antiretroviral drugs: alternatives for swallowing difficulties
    Management of status epilepticus
    Prevention of delirium tremens and alcohol withdrawal syndrome
    Prevention of Wernicke–Korsakoff syndrome
    Anti-arrhythmic drugs
    Inotropes and vasopressors
    Anti-ulcer drugs
    Immunonutrition in the ICU
    Short synacthen test
    Bone marrow rescue following nitrous oxide
    Heparin induced thrombocytopaenia
    Guidelines for patients with absent or dysfunctional spleen
    Anti-microbial drugs
    Bacterial gram staining
    Antibiotics: sensitivities
    Alterations to drug dosing in renal dysfunction and Haemo(dia)filtration
    Chemical pleurodesis of malignant pleural effusion
    Appendix A: creatinine clearance
    Appendix B: weight conversion (stones/lb to kg)
    Appendix C: body mass index (BMI) calculator
    Appendix D: lean body weight charts
    Appendix E: ideal tidal volume
    Appendix F: estimated height from ulna length
    Appendix G: infusion rate/dose calculation
    Appendix H: drug compatibility chart
    Appendix I: sodium content of oral medications
    Appendix J: drug management of the brain-stem-dead donor
    Appendix K: vancomycin by continuous infusion
    Appendix L: Child-Pugh score
    Appendix M: severe sepsis algorithm
    Appendix N: insulin guidelines
    Drug index.

  • Authors

    Henry Paw, York Hospital
    Henry Paw is a consultant in intensive care medicine at York Hospital.

    Rob Shulman, University College London
    Rob Shulman is the lead pharmacist in critical care at University College London Hospitals, London.

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