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November 5, 1982

Hemodynamic Monitoring in a Coronary Intensive Care Unit

Author Affiliations

Edward Hines, Jr, VA Hospital Hines, III


by Richard O. Russell, Jr, and Charles E. Rackley, ed 2; 395 pp, with illus, $39, Mount Kisco, NY, Futura Publishing Co Inc, 1981.

JAMA. 1982;248(17):2172-2173. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330170076048

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This book intends to update certain concepts and procedures used in coronary care units. It is mainly directed toward the cardiac patient, particularly those with complications of acute myocardial infarction. The authors rely heavily on their vast experience obtained in the Myocardial Infarction Research Unit at the University of Alabama.

Many of the chapters thus are excellent summaries of previously published data and as such would be useful to students, house staff, and nursing personnel working in coronary care units. The first several chapters, which deal with technical aspects of physiological monitoring, are particularly helpful and can serve as a guide to those who might be attempting to institute similar procedures in their own hospitals. The figures in these chapters are also helpful; however, an additional figure or diagram showing the essential anatomic landmarks and proper direction of needle insertion would have improved the discussion about the various percutaneous techniques