‘…provides an excellent introduction to the management of acute illness for all clinical staff, and a solid foundation for those who choose to make ICM a fulfilling life-long career.

From the Foreword by Julian Bion, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, University of Birmingham

Ideal for any medic or health professional embarking upon an intensive care rotation or specialism, this simple bedside handbook provides handy, pragmatic guidance to the day-to-day fundamentals of working in an intensive care unit, often a daunting prospect for the junior doctor, nurse and allied health professional encountering this challenging environment for the first time.

Thoroughly updated, the second edition addresses recent and future developments in a variety of areas and is now organised into easy-to-read sections with clearly outlined learning goals. New topics added include sepsis, ARDS, refractory hypoxia, the role of allied health professionals, post ICU syndrome and follow up, and consent and capacity including new DOLS guidance. The book is authored by world-renowned contributors and edited by established consultants in the field of intensive care medicine.



part 2|1 pages

Staffing on the Intensive Care Unit

part 4|1 pages


part 6|1 pages

Airway and Respiratory Emergencies

part 8|1 pages


chapter 37|8 pages


chapter 38|8 pages

Acute severe asthma

chapter 39|8 pages

The COPD patient in intensive care

chapter 41|10 pages


chapter 44|10 pages

Hepatic failure

chapter 47|10 pages

Ageing and frailty

chapter 51|6 pages

Post-ICU syndrome

chapter 53|8 pages

Brain stem death and organ donation