C. William Hanson, III. New York, NY: The McGraw-Hill Companies; 2009. Hardcover; 176 pages; $169. ISBN-13: 9780071481816

Procedures in Critical Care contains visual descriptions of many procedures and activities common to the critical care arena. The procedures described in the book vary from simple, such as the operation of an intensive care unit (ICU) bed, to highly complex, such as intra-aortic balloon insertion. This book was written by a physician and, according to the preface, was “designed for students, novice practitioners, and experts who want exposure to procedures outside of their general field of expertise.”

The procedures described in the book are categorized according to systems: ICU basics, neurological, thoracic and respiratory, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and extremity. Each procedure description includes an introduction, definitions and terms, techniques, and suggested readings. An additional feature of select procedures is the Clinical Pearls and Pitfalls. Most procedures have photographs of the procedure in...

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