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The Washington Manual of Critical Care, 2nd Edition

Prepared by residents and faculty at the Washington University School of Medicine, this pocket manual contains easy-to-read algorithms for the management of more than 80 medical and surgical problems arising in the intensive care unit. Chapters focus on specific problems and the algorithms provide straightforward approaches to the management of these issues. Coverage includes a section on procedures commonly performed in the intensive care unit. Appendices include common equations in the ICU, drug-drug interactions, and common drug dosages and side effects.

If you purchased a copy of Kollef: The Washington Manual of Critical Care, 2e, ISBN: 978-1-4511-1022-7, please make note of the following two important corrections.

On page 149, lines 14 through 16:

Torsades de pointes is likely to recur if the inciting factors cannot be eliminated immediately. Magnesium sulfate given at 1 to 2 g IV may have utility, particularly in hypomagnesemic patients. [THE UNIT GRAM IS CORRECTED FROM MILLIGRAM]

On page 152, bottom row of Table 20.1:

Medication                    IV Dosing                                        Side effects

Magnesium                    Torsades de pointes: 1-2 g IV           Flushing, hypotension

push over 5-20 min [THE UNIT



Please make note of this correction in your copy of Kollef: The Washington Manual of Critical Care, 2e immediately and contact LWW’s Customer Service Department at 800-638-3030  so that we may issue you an errata sheet for pages 149 and 152  You may also download a PDF of pages 149 and 152 by clicking here.
All copies of The Washington Manual of Critical Care, 2e with the ISBN: 978-1-4511-9387-9 include this correction.


“This pocket guide mimics the successful format of the long running series of Washington Manuals on the care of the medical patient and provides an effective emphasis on immediate bedside interventions. Due to the varied levels of training of the contributors, the rigor of chapter content may vary. Overall, this is an effective quick read for bedside practitioners.” ———————————————————– Weighted Numerical Score: 78 – 3 Stars – Doody’s Enterprises, Inc – David J. Dries, MD(University of Minnesota Medical School)

This is a great critical care/ICU text. It has enough information that you feel like you are well informed without having to spend hours sifting though page after page to get what you need. It also has quick reference flowcharts that work out very well. I am an ICU PA and prefer this to the “ICU book” as it has color charts and does not get into as much detail as the “ICU book”. That and the price is very reasonable, make this a great book for any personal medical library.
I bought this book after taking a job as a nurse practitioner in the medical intensive care unit covering nights. I have a strong background in cardiology/ EP but it had been a few years (5) since I was in the ICU at the bedside. This book is very helpful for looking up quick overviews on different diseases/disorders. It does not contain everything in the standard Washington Manual, so I would recommend having both to review topics not included in this book. I have used it alot to review differential diagnoses and to ensure I ordered all needed lab work for less seen diagnoses. I do not have the luxury of having a physician at my side anymore (except by phone) so this is a great tool for NPs expected to utilize a high level of critical thinking in a more independent role. I highly recommend it.

Product Details :

  • Paperback: 732 pages
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; Second, REVISED edition (October 14, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451193874
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451193879
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 4.9 x 1 inches

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