This new title provides a concise, one-stop reference for anaesthetic trainees, surgical trainees and medical undergraduates, on the key topics in modern perioperative patient management, including detailed coverage of the essential physiological and pharmacological principles underlying basic perioperative skills. Essential topics such as antibiotics, fluid balance, DVT prophylaxis, pain management, drug pharmacology and respiratory failure, to name but a few, are all covered in detail, and in each case their effect on perioperative management is emphasised.
1. Introduction; 2. Accidents and complications of anaesthesia and surgery; 3. Principles of pharmacology, autonomic physiology and circulatory control relevant to the perioperative period; 4. Principles of preoperative assessment, optimisation and management; 5. The process of the perioperative period: the patient's viewpoint and legal aspects of the perioperative period; 6. Perioperative fluid therapy; 7. Transfusion medicine in perioperative care; 8. Practical procedures and arterial blood-gas analysis in perioperative care; 9. Cardiorespiratory and temperature monitoring in the perioperative period; 10. Acute pain relief and local anaesthetic techniques; 11. Surgical infections and their management; 12. The role of ICU/HDU in the mangement of high-risk surgical patients; 13. Sepsis, trauma and the acute phase response; 14. Principles of nutrition in perioperative medicine; 15. Myocardial ischaemia, acute circulatory failure, life support and cardiopulmonary resuscitation; 16. Oxygen and oxygen toxicity; 17. Acute respiratory failure; 18. Gastrointestinal failure; 19. Central nervous system; 20. Miscellaneous topics; 21. Basic statistical concepts and their application in perioperative care.