Acute Medicine, second edition

Declan O'Kane

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Format: Paperback

Publication date: October 12, 2017

Pages: 478 pages

ISBN: 9781907904912 Related titles: ,


Acute Medicine 2e is a current and concise guide to hospital emergency medicine for registrars, junior doctors and medical students working on the wards.

This second edition has been comprehensively revised and updated to incorporate the latest treatment guidelines. It has been substantially rewritten and streamlined to enable the reader to access the pertinent information even more quickly.

It is not just a list of instructions, but contains pathophysiology and useful clinical pearls:

  • detailed management of acute medical and surgical emergencies, including in pregnancy
  • general ward management issues
  • descriptions of key procedures
  • normal laboratory values
  • emergency drug formulary

1 Resuscitation
2 The acutely ill patient
3 Cardiology emergencies
4 Respiratory emergencies
5 Endocrine and diabetic emergencies
6 Gastroenterology emergencies
7 Hepatobiliary emergencies
8 Haematological emergencies
9 Infectious disease emergencies
10 Renal and urological emergencies
11 Neurological emergencies
12 Rheumatological emergencies
13 Ophthalmological emergencies
14 Toxicology emergencies
15 Medical emergencies in pregnancy
16 Oncological emergencies
17 Miscellaneous emergencies
18 Dermatological emergencies
19 General management
20 Procedures
21 Normal laboratory values
22 Emergency drugs (use with BNF)

'Excellent! Have had it with me since the first edition/version in 2013. It has been a lifesaver (literally) on many occasions!" Amazon reviewer

Great little book!
'Great to carry around in my bag. Can pretty much guarantee that the important, practical, information is all here! Thank you Dr O'Kane!' Amazon reviewer

The book is great, up to date and easy to read
'Haven’t read it all yet, but the book is great, up to date and easy to read.' Amazon reviewer

Best book you will buy
'Brilliant book wish I had this from day one of my degree' Amazon reviewer

'Small sized but includes all you need to go ahead' Amazon reviewer

Good reference tool
'Good reference book for ANPs. Very useful' Amazon reviewer

"This new book by Dr O’Kane is a very useful and interesting book directed towards Medical registrars but also with many positive features for anyone from Medical Student to Consultants... [It] works through groups of emergencies according to speciality and organ grouping. This is helpful as it enables the reader to link the different differentials together well. It also tries to signpost all the different conditions in relation to the Acute Medicine and General Internal Medicine curriculums.
There is also an excellent section on fluid prescription, outlining what each fluid option contains along with potential fluid prescriptions in relation to the daily needs of the human body. Each clinical problem is presented in a clear and logical format, beginning with the things to ask or think about when receiving a referral – much as junior doctors would do in a real clinical situation.
The book also includes an excellent 'general management’ section, which covers important aspects of the assessment of mental capacity and considerations to make when discharging a patient – things which are often poorly taught in other settings. All of the clinical procedures are described in some level of detail – not enough to learn to do the procedure but enough to signpost as well as getting the reader to think about why it is needed and any associated risks."

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