- Hardcover: 574 pages
- Publisher: LWW; 1 edition (January 15, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0683015087
- ISBN-13: 978-0683015089
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 1.2 x 11.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #811,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Hardcover – January 15, 1998
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Not surprisingly, pediatric cardiac Intensive care is largely dedicated to perioperative management of congenital heart disease, and this text approaches it in this manner. After the expected chapters in monitoring, pharmacology and so on, large sections are devoted to preoperative care, operative considerations and posoperative care. There is a generic discussion of extracorporeal support and dialysis. The text ends with consideration of social and ethical issues,
I had hoped, when I read this book that it would enhance and expand the information found in general texts. For example, I know the litany of agents used for sedating posoperative patients. What I would like is some discussion of which is useful in a given set of circumstances, and how each might intereact with other aspects of care. Does any provide a specific advantage in a given clinical situation or represent a unique hemodynamic risk? This text generally does not explore cardiac care in this depth.
The text does have its strengths. The descriptions of surgical repair are well done and the illustrations of them are clear. They would be very useful in describing the surgical procedure to parents or staff. The generic approach is most useful to nursing staff and respiratory therapists, especially those just orienting to the PCCU.
Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care is a well organized general text on the subject. Its approach is best suited to the nursing staff. Cardiac fellows, attendings and cardiac intensivists will find little here that expands their knowledge.