Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorJonathan D.EldredgeMLS, PhD, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media
The second edition of Principles of Critical Care, edited by Hall, Schmidt, and Wood, will be a valuable text for critical care intensivists and should maintain the level of enthusiasm that greeted the first edition.
New chapters deal with ventilator-induced lung injury, noninvasive positive pressure ventilation, ventilator-associated pneumonia, sickle cell disease, systemic viral infections (eg, hantavirus, Ebola virus), and acute right heart syndromes. Several chapters have been completely revised to keep up with changing concepts in severity of illness scoring, total quality management, nutrition, mechanical ventilation of patients with asthma, and acute respiratory distress syndrome. There is a new section on death and dying in the intensive care unit (ICU) and a new chapter on the complex polypharmacy observed in the typical ICU patient.
Critical CarePrinciples of Critical Care. JAMA. 1999;281(2):193. doi:10.1001/jama.281.2.193-JBK0113-4-1