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Core topics in mechanical ventilation
  1. Bernard A Foëx
  1. Emergency Department, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Bernard A Foëx, Emergency Department, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester M13 9WL, UK; bernard.foex{at}

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Edited by Iain Mackenzie. Published by Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 2008, pp 425. ISBN 978-0-521-86781-8

With increasing pressures on beds in our Intensive Care Unit (ICU), ventilating critically ill patients in the Emergency Department (ED) is almost a daily occurrence. Not infrequently, these patients remain in the ED for many hours and they often have very specific ventilatory requirements. This book covers these problems more than adequately.

The 20 chapters cover: physiology of ventilation and gas exchange; assessing the need for ventilatory support; oxygen therapy continuous positive airway pressure and non-invasive ventilation; management of the artificial airway; modes of mechanical ventilation; oxygenation; carbon dioxide balance; sedation, paralysis and analgesia; nutrition in the mechanically ventilated patient; mechanical ventilation in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); mechanical ventilation in …

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