Critical care medicine is an evolving speciality in which the amount of available information is growing daily and spread across a myriad of books, journals and websites. This essential guide brings together this information in an easy-to-use format. Up-to-date, relevant, and evidence-based information on the management of the critically ill is combined in one resource, ideal for the use of Intensive Care Units, High Dependency Units, acute medical or surgical wards, Accident and Emergency departments and operating theatres. The book is designed such that each subject will form a self-contained topic in its own right, laid out across two or four pages to facilitate the key aim of rapid and easy access to information. This makes the information included simple to find, read and absorb, so that the book can be consulted in the clinic or ward setting for information on the optimum management of a particular condition. With chapters written by internationally renowned critical care specialists and edited by the three of the leading figures in UK Critical Care, this book should be an essential resource for all critical care physicians.