- Offers a reader friendly presentation that is composed almost exclusively of flow-diagrams and pathways, allowing the material to be rapidly read
- Focuses on issues of clinical importance and excludes ones of marginal relevance for the clinician
- Provides clear and concise explanations about the mechanisms operative in health and disease
Analysis of blood gas can be a daunting task, but it is still one of the most helpful laboratory tests in managing respiratory and metabolic disorders. Busy medical students have struggled ineffectively with Hasselbach’s modification of the Henderson equation, been torn between the Copenhagen and the Boston schools of thought; and lately, been confronted with the radically different strong-ion approach.
In modern medical practice, the health provider’s time is precious, stressing the importance of retaining focus on those aspects of clinical medicine that truly matter. It makes sense to adopt an ‘algorithmic’ approach to studying topics that are often harder to understand, such as those rooted in clinical physiology. This book is therefore set out in the form of a logical sequence of flow charts, introducing and gradually building upon the underlying concepts and enabling greater opportunity to memorize individual concepts. It enables medical students, residents, nurses and respiratory care and intensive care practitioners to grasp the principles underlying respiratory and acid-base physiology quickly and to apply the concepts effectively in clinical decision making. To facilitate this, almost every section contained within has been designed to fit onto a single page.
Written for: Nurses and physicians in pulmonology and critical care, internal medicine, anaesthesia/ ICU; medical internists, pulmonologists, anaesthesists, critical care physicians, respiratory therapists
Table of contents
(1)Gas exchange; 12 sections, numbered 1.01, 1.02, 1.03 and so forth (2)Respiration; 48 sections.(3)The non-invasive monitoring of blood gases; 58 sections. (4)Acids and Bases; 24 sections (5)Buffer systems; 20 sections (6)pH; 20 sections (7)Acidosis and alkalosis; 4 sections (8)Respiratory acidosis; 18 sections (9)Respiratory alkalosis; 6 sections (10)Metabolic acidosis; 60 sections (11)Metabolic alkalosis; 16 sections (12)Diagnostic approach to acid-base disorders: 8 sections (13)Special situations; 6 sections (14)Worked examples; about 20-30 sections