This text provides a high level, comprehensive but concise review of adult surgical critical care. It can be used to review complex topics of critical illness in surgical patients, as a reference tool, or as preparation for a board examination. It is focused on the surgical patient including high yield facts, evidence-based guidelines, and critical care principles. To remain succinct, it concentrates on surgically relevant care. Further, the text is written with an expectation that reader already possesses a basic understanding of critical care pathophysiology and clinical practices such as those acquired during residency. Organized by organ system, each section contains several chapters addressing relevant disorders, monitoring and treatment modalities, and outcomes.
Principles of Adult Surgical Critical Care will be of use to intensivists caring for surgical patients regardless of parent training domain. Additionally, this work is intended to be used by surgical critical care fellowship trainees as well as other advanced practice providers such as nurse practitioners and physician assistants who provide care in ICUs and emergency departments alike.
Dr. Martin is an Assistant Professor of Surgery within the Division of Traumatology, Surgical Critical Care, & Emergency Surgery and is Co-Medical Director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit. He received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and his Medical Doctor degree in May 2000 from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He completed a 6-year General Surgery Residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, which also included a one-year Vascular Tissue Engineering Research Fellowship and also completed a 2-year fellowship in Traumatology and Surgical Critical Care at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Martin has specific clinical interests in management of the open abdomen, laparoscopic ventral hernia repair, anterior thoraco-lumbar spine fusion exposure, advanced modes of ventilation and nutritional support.