Patients in Critical Care Departments require constant and intensive care, and their conditions are always serious and can quickly turn for the worse, demanding quick and effective intervention. The bedside is a maze of monitors, tubing, and ventilators, all of which demand a knowledge ofcomplex levels and settings. Because of these factors, students and hospital staff need a manual that provides authoritative, easily accessed information on assessment, treatment, and management of critical conditions. This new Oxford American Handbook of Critical Care is the perfect resource forthese critical settings. Based on the hugely popular Oxford Handbook of Critical Care from Oxford UK, this all new Handbook, from the highly acclaimed Department of Critical Care at the University of Pittsburgh, offers concise, clinically oriented guidelines in the proven format of the OxfordHandbook series. It will appeal to physicians, students, nurses, and anyone looking for a comprehensive, concise, easy to use, and affordable manual of Critical Care.