This text is aimed primarily at trainees working in intensive care – especially multidisciplinary trainees being exposed to the intensive care unit (ICU) for the first time. It may also be of interest to ICU nurses looking for information on modern medical (in the strictest sense) approaches to ICU therapy. A basic knowledge of physiology and pharmacology is assumed, as well as either a medical background or advanced nursing experience in intensive care.
It may also be a useful “aide memoire” for specialist ICU examinations.
The editors have enlisted a multinational team of contributors active in both practice and training from institutions on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond. The aim has therefore been to produce a text of international relevance.