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Essentials of Mechanical Ventilation, Second Edition

Essentials of Mechanical Ventilation, Second Edition
Author: Dean Hess - Robert Kacmarek
ISBN 13: 9780071352291
ISBN 10: 71352295
Edition: 2
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Medical
Publication Date: 2002-12-19
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 382
List Price: $77.00

Written by outstanding authorities, Essentials of Mechanical Ventilation puts the focus on the effective delivery of therapy to patients. After thoroughly introducing mechanical principles, this text explains the use of mechanical ventilation in the clinical management of patients suffering from more than a dozen different types of respiratory problems.


Covering all aspects of mechanical ventilation for adult patients, this unique source features—

*Expert guidance on the effective application of mechanical ventilation to patients with twelve common respiratory disorders

*Algorithms to expedite treatment planning and monitoring

*Updated advice on important patient-management principles, such as protective lung ventilation

*Complete coverage of management in trauma and postoperative cases

*Discussions of airway management, positioning, sedation, paralysis, and ventilation techniques

*New chapters, including noninvasive positive pressure for acute respiratory failure; home mechanical ventilation; and high-frequency ventilation

*New coverage of miscellaneous ventilator modes; prone positioning; nitric oxide and helium usage; and partial liquid and TGI

*New glossary and excellent study features, such as chapter objectives, outlines, and lists of key concepts at the end of each chapter

Michael L. Troxell

This first edition book provides comprehensive coverage of mechanical ventilation and ventilator concepts divided into four parts: Principles, Management, Monitoring, and Related Topics. The book has a list of several points to remember and a bibliography at the end of each of the 36 chapters. It is written as a practical guide to mechanical ventilation in general and not to specific equipment. There may be a few other books on this topic, but none as concise and current as this one. The authors have accomplished what they intended to do. According to the authors, this book is written for all clinicians who care for adult patients on mechanical ventilation. This book would be useful for advanced respiratory care students, medical residents and interns. Hess and Kacmarek have many publications on the subject of respiratory care. As stated in the preface, the authors have over 50 years' combined experience as authors and clinicians. The graphs and diagrams are well placed to illustrate important concepts in the book. The references are very current and related to the discussion in the text. The index and table of contents are helpful. The format of the hardcover book is that of a typical health care text. This is an outstanding book on the topic of adult mechanical ventilation. The authors have tied together all of the current concepts and background information for the clinician preparing to care for the patient on ventilatory support. I would recommend this book for any bookstore or library that services healthcare students. Critical care nurses, respiratory care practitioners, and physicians will all benefit by reading this book.