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Adult Emergency Medicine at a Glance

ISBN: 978-1-4051-8901-9
126 pages
March 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Following the familiar, easy-to-use at a Glance format, and in full-colour, this brand new title provides an accessible introduction and revision aid for medical students and junior doctors. Reflecting the increased profile of Emergency Medicine in clinical practice and the medical school curriculum, Adult Emergency Medicine at a Glance provides a user-friendly overview of the key subjects that will enable any student or junior doctor to 'hit the ground running' when they enter one of the most exciting areas of clinical medicine.

Adult Emergency Medicine at a Glance is:

  • A concise, visually orientated course in emergency medicine that is perfect for both study and revision
  • Organised around symptoms: 'Short of Breath', rather than diagnoses: 'Pneumonia'
  • Focused on the most common or dangerous conditions you will see in the Emergency Department and includes the latest cardiac resuscitation guidelines
  • Comprehensively illustrated throughout with over 47 full-page colour illustrations
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Table of Contents

Preface and acknowledgements 7

List of abbreviations 8

1 Life in the Emergency Department 10

2 Diagnosis 12

3 Shock and intravenous fluids 14

4 Imaging in the Emergency Department 16

5 Analgesia 18

6 Airway management and sedation 20

7 Blood gas analysis 22

8 Trauma: primary survey 24

9 Trauma: secondary survey 26

10 Major head and neck injury 28

11 Minor head and neck injury 30

12 Wounds 32

13 Burns 34

14 Hand injuries 36

15 Wrist and forearm injuries 38

16 Shoulder and elbow injuries 40

17 Back pain, hip and knee injuries 42

18 Tibia, ankle and foot injuries 44

19 Abdominal pain 46

20 Urology problems 48

21 Ear, nose, throat and dental problems 50

22 Eye problems 52

23 Obstetrics and gynaecology problems 54

24 Toxicology: general principles 56

25 Toxicology: specific poisons 58

26 Psychiatry: self-harm and capacity 60

27 Psychiatry: the disturbed patient 62

28 Observational medicine 64

29 Loss of function and independence 66

30 Syncope, collapse and falls 68

31 Slow heart rate 70

32 Fast heart rate 72

33 Cardiac arrest 74

34 Chest pain: cardiovascular 76

35 Chest pain: non-cardiovascular 78

36 Shortness of breath 80

37 Anaphylaxis 82

38 Sepsis 84

39 Endocrine emergencies 86

40 Gastroenterology 88

41 Headache 90

42 Stroke and transient ischaemic attack 92

43 Seizures 94

44 Hypothermia and hyperthermia 96

45 Pre-hospital medicine 98

46 Major incident 100

47 Chemical, biological, radiation, nuclear and explosive incidents 102

Case studies: questions 104

Case studies: answers 107

Index 113

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Author Information

Thomas Hughes is Consultant Emergency Physician, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Emergency Medicine, University of Oxford

Jaycen Cruickshank is  Director of Emergency Medicine, Ballarat Health Services, and Senior Lecturer in Emergency Medicine, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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"With a slim, A4 size and at an affordable price, this book is an excellent choice for ED work stations or practitioners' bookshelves." (Emergency Nurse, 1 October 2011)

"This book is a valuable addition to the "At a Glance" series." (G.J.Ebrahim, 1 May 2011)

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