The aim of this book is to provide a basic overview of the new and rapidly developing subspecialty of neurocritical care in a format that is easily accessible.
As neurocritical care develops and becomes more specialized with new diagnostic, monitoring and therapeutic modalities, neurologists, neurosurgeons, and critical care medicine physicians will find themselves managing patients with unique physiologic needs. In addition, with the trend toward an increased number of beds in intensive care units, more physicians will be treating more patients with a critical illness. This book is structured to deal with adult neurocritical care diagnosis, evaluation, and therapeutic decision-making as it would arise for the typical provider. The focus on flowchart algorithms and decision trees allows for a streamlined overview of each topic.
The book contains all of the important evidence-based elements essential to management in a format that is portable and allows for easy reference. Each chapter begins with a case example and provides bulleted essentials of diagnosis, including epidemiologic data and a differential diagnosis, examination features and suggestions for laboratory, imaging, and special diagnostic studies. Evaluation and treatment options are discussed and each chapter ends with “Pearls and Pitfalls” in evaluation and management. Decision Making in Neurocritical Care will also prove to be a useful study guide, as it covers specific topics that appear on the United Council of Neurological Subspecialties Neurocritical Care Board Examination.
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