Medical training for Intensive Care Medicine (ICM) has made great developments over the years. Recent advances have led to the introduction of competency based training, with a strong focus on the development of specific competencies at basic, intermediate and advanced stages of learning. This ensures trainees hold the appropriate skills and knowledge to undertake safe clinical practice, and thus provide good patient care.
One of the key topics covered in ICM training is respiratory disease and its management. Based on this, it would therefore seem appropriate to introduce a text that addresses each of the key areas.
Acute Lung Injury and Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ALI/ARDS).- Life-Threatening Asthma.- Chronic Obstructive Airways Disease.- Diffuse Interstitial Lung Disease.- Pneumonia.- Pleural Effusions in the Critically Ill.- Pneumothorax in the Critically Ill.- Diagnosis and Management of the Obstructed Airway.- Postoperative Management of Patients Undergoing Lung Resection, Oesophagectomy or Thymectomy.- Indications for Ventilatory Support in Adults.- Modes of Invasive and Non-invasive Ventilatory Support.- Blood Gas Measurement and Interpretation.- Inspired and Expired Gas Monitoring.- Managing Secretions in the Ventilated Patient: The Role of Humidification, Suction, Physiotherapy, Mucolytics and Airway Adjuncts.- Drugs Acting on the Respiratory System.- Bronchoscopy in the Intensive Care Unit.- Tracheostomy and Mini-Tracheostomy.- Weaning from Mechanical Ventilation.