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Smith and Aitkenhead's Textbook of Anaesthesia. Edition: 7

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This highly successful textbook is internationally renowned as a core text for trainee anaesthetists and is essential reading for candidates for the Fellowship of Royal College of Anaesthetists and similar examinations. The previous 6th edition was awarded First Prize at the BMJ Medical Book awards.

The book provides full coverage of the sciences underpinning practice in anaesthesia, critical care and pain management together with details of clinical anaesthesia and perioperative care. In combining these aspects, anaesthetists new to the specialty have found the textbook particularly useful during the first few years of training as well as when preparing for professional examinations. It has also proved a valuable day-to-day reference for allied professionals such as operating department practitioners and physician assistants who need an understanding of clinical practice in anaesthesia and related specialties.

The goal for this Seventh Edition has remained to equip the reader with the basic knowledge and practical considerations required to administer anaesthesia and perioperative care for a whole range of surgical conditions in patients with all common medical comorbidities. Reflecting the expanding role of anaesthesia beyond the operating theatre it also includes essential material related to safety and quality assurance, consent, resuscitation, intensive care medicine, pre-hospital care and chronic pain management.

The content of each chapter is closely aligned to the syllabus of the primary FRCA examination. Sample online questions and answers are provided for each chapter and linked to the relevant part of each chapter.

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Section 1 Basic Sciences

  • General principles of pharmacology
  • Data, statistics and clinical trials
  • Inhalational anaesthetics and medical gases
  • Intravenous anaesthetics and sedatives
  • Local anaesthetics
  • Pain
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle function and neuromuscular blockade
  • Cardiovascular system
  • Respiratory system
  • Renal system
  • Fluid, electrolyte and acid-base balance
  • Metabolism, the stress response and thermoregulation
  • Blood, coagulation and transfusion

Section 2 Physics and Apparatus

  • Basic physics
  • Equipment
  • Clinical measurement and monitoring

Section 3 Fundamentals of Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine

  • Quality and safety
  • Preoperative assessment
  • Coexisting disease
  • Consent and information
  • The practical conduct of anaesthesia
  • Airway management
  • Pain management
  • Local and regional anaesthesia
  • Complications
  • Management of critical incidents
  • Resuscitation
  • Postoperative care

Section 4 Clinical Anaesthesia

  • The high-risk surgical patient
  • The older surgical patient
  • The obese patient
  • Paediatric anaesthesia
  • Day surgery
  • General, gynaecological and genitourinary surgery
  • Orthopaedic surgery
  • ENT, maxillofacial and dental surgery
  • Ophthalmic surgery
  • Vascular, endocrine and plastic surgery
  • Neurosurgery
  • Thoracic surgery
  • Cardiac surgery
  • Obstetric anaesthesia and analgesia
  • Emergency and trauma surgery
  • Anaesthesia in low and middle-income areas
  • Anaesthesia outside the operating theatre
  • Organ transplantation
  • Intensive care medicine
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      9780702075001
    • UPC/ISBN
      9780702075001
    • Stock Last Checked
      Dec 5, 2021
  • Manufacturer
    Elsevier
  • Publication Date
    May 14, 2019
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