Pediatric Critical Care: The Essentials
Joseph D. Tobias, MD
Director, Pediatric Critical Care/ Pediatric Anesthesiology,
Professor of Pediatrics and Anesthesiology, Department of Child Health,
The University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, MO
Critical Care: The Essentials is an excellent textbook as a reference for
physicians who may be involved in the care of critically ill children on a
consultative or initial/stabilizing basis. This is especially true for busy
anesthesiologists who may encounter critically ill children in their
practice. In addition, this reviewer believes this textbook would be
invaluable for medical students, residents, and fellows who work in a
pediatric intensive care unit. A comprehensive reading of this text by
students and residents over a period of time would certainly educate them on
the major issues and treatment likely to be encountered in the pediatric
--Journal of Anesthesia & Analgesia
a well-written and useful text for a wide range of professionals who either
occasionally or more frequently care for critically ill infants and children.
It is easy to read and covers the fundamental concepts of pediatric critical
care medicine. Although it can be used as a reference, it should be read
cover-to-cover for those who are interested in learning the essentials of
this complex field."
--Doody�s Review Service
stars. This clear, concise, well-written text achieves the editor�s goal of
providing a ready reference to assist nonintensivists who occasionally
encounter a critically ill child in need of immediate intensive management. This
is arguably the best of the 2 or 3 overview texts currently available."
--Mayo Clinic Proceedings
and well written...a useful addition to the libraries of general
pediatricians and pediatric residents."
--The New England Journal of Medicine
valuable addition to any general pediatrician�s library."
"Each chapter of this book is well-organized and easy to read...the information presented, especially concerning drugs and therapeutic regiments, is as current as it can possibly be.
would recommend this book to any student, housetaff officer, or nurse working
in a PICU. Practicing pediatricians and primary care physicians without ready
access to tertiary pediatric critical care centers will also find this book
to be very helpful. Pediatric intensivists may also like this book for the
specific chapters mentioned herein. Its relatively low cost, as compared with
the major pediatric critical care textbooks, makes it a bargain."
"This book attempts to provide an easy-to-read, useful, and practical overview of the complexities of pediatric critical care medicine, for a target population that includes pediatricians, house officers, medical students, and nursing staff who do not necessarily practice this subspecialty. This book achieves its goals; it is readable, concise, straightforward, and updated.
summary, the vast majority of chapters are excellent, and I would recommend
this book to be added to the bookshelves of intensive care units in which
house officer, non-specialized physicians, and nursing staff take care of
critically ill children."
summary, �Pediatric Critical Care: The Essentials� is a well-written
textbook that more than lives up to its goal of serving as an introductory
overview of PCCM. My nurses and nurse practitioners have enjoyed this book as
a rapid bedside source of information concerning their patients. As the
former Chairman of the Pediatric Residency Education Committee of the Society
of Critical Care Medicine, we are considering using this book as the �core�
textbook for residents and medical students performing their rotations in the
PICU. This book will be helpful to everyone who cares for a sick infant or
child and belongs on the bookshelf in every PICU."
--Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
- Useful for practicing pediatricians or emergency room physicians who face critically ill patients in their offices or emergency rooms
- An introductory text for residents and housestaff
- An essential multidisciplinary guide for pediatric ICU nurses
- Every ICU should have this text for guidance with critically ill children
- A practical emergency manual for treating critically ill children
Although pediatric critical care has become centralized and much of the care provided to critically ill children is directed by physicians formally trained in Pediatric ICU medicine, pediatricians and primary care physicians are frequently faced with caring for critically ill children during the initial diagnosis and stabilization either in the office setting or the emergency room. Those who represent the first line of care know that the first hours of treatment to a critically ill child can have a significant impact on the outcome.
This introductory text of pediatric critical care is written as an overview to many of the emergencies that may be faced by the practicing pediatrician. It is also intended as an introductory text for medical students, pediatric residents, and housestaff from various disciplines who rotate through Pediatric ICU. This text outlines the initial management of various life-threatening emergencies including respiratory failure, cardiovascular collapse and shock, status epilepticus, upper airway obstruction, status asthmaticus, toxic ingestions, and sepsis.
This easy-to-read manual outlines basic concepts of Pediatric ICU and makes for easy reading during nights on call while also serving as a quick reference manual that can help the unsuspecting health care worker during an emergency. Its engaging presentation motivates readiness for critical care.
Chapter 1. Airway Management
2. Cardiovascular Physiology, Shock, Inotropic Agents, and Invasive
3. Croup, Upper Airway Obstruction, and Status Asthmaticus
4. Mechanical Ventilation, Respiratory Monitoring, and the Basics of
5. Alternative Modes of Respiratory Support
6. Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Children
7. Congenital Heart Diseases/Arrhythmias
8. Postoperative Cardiac Care
9. Status Epilepticus
10. Increased Intracranial Pressure/Intracranial Pressure Monitoring
11. The Use of Sedative/Analgesic and Neuromuscular Blocking Agents
in Children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
Chapter 12. Traumatic Injury and Burns
13. Fluid and Electrolyte Issues, Metabolic Disorders, Tumor Lysis
14. Nutrition in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit Patient
15. Blood Product Administration and Coagulation Function
16. Acute Renal Failure and Renal Replacement Therapy
17. Diabetic Ketoacidosis
18. Hypertensive Emergencies in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
19. Infectious Disease Issues in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
20. Poisonings and Toxic Ingestions
21. Gastrointestinal Tract Disorders in the Pediatric Intensive Care