Portable and extremely practical, On Call Principles and Protocols, 5th Edition, by Drs. Marshall and Ruedy, is the bestselling handbook you can trust to guide you quickly and confidently through virtually any on-call situation. This new edition takes you step by step through the most common on-call problems and approaches, giving you up-to-date information and clear protocols on what to do and how to do it quickly, from phone calls to "elevator thoughts" to patients' bedsides. You'll gain speed, skill, and knowledge with every call - from diagnosing a difficult or life-threatening situation to prescribing the right medication.
Effectively manage calls in the hospital with coverage of topics such as Approach to Diagnosis and Management of On-Call Problems; Documentation; Assessment and Management of Volume Status; and AIDS, HBV, HCV, Influenza, and the House Officer.
Access key information on the most common on-call problems and approaches with consistent, templated coverage of what to do from the initial phone call, "Elevator Thoughts," how to immediately identify major threats to life, and what to do at the bedside.
Learn the questions you should ask to assess the urgency of each situation, and master the ideal approach to diagnose and manage patients, communicate with colleagues and families, and avoid common mistakes for every call.
Understand the major threats to life you must consider before arriving at bedside.
Find information quickly with an easy-to-read format, color highlighting of medications and other critical information, and a unique layout designed for fast reference.
Keep this portable guide right where you need it - in your pocket when you're on call.
New to this Edition
Confidently assess and manage common on-call problems with comprehensive updates throughout this edition.
Learn how best to handle life-threatening issues regarding stroke in a brand-new chapter.
Quickly access a detailed, updated and expanded formulary of commonly used medications.
Approach to the Diagnosis and Management of On-Call Problems
Documentation of On-Call Problems
Assessment and Management of Volume Status
HIV, HBV, HCV, Influenza, and the House Officer
Patient -Related Problems: The Common Calls
Combativeness: The Out-of-Control Patient
Confusion/Decreased Level of Consciousness
Decreased Urine Output
Fall Out of Bed
Heart Rate and Rhythm Disorders
High Blood Pressure
Hypnotics, Laxatives, Analgesics, and Antipyretics
Hypotension and Shock
Lines, Tubes, and Drains
Polyuria, Frequency, and Incontinence
Shortness of Breath
Skin Rashes and Urticaria
Laboratory-Related Problems: The Common Calls
A. Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Core Drugs and Therapy
B. Blood Products
C. Reading Electrocardiograms
E. SI Units Conversion Table
F. The On-Call Formulary
By Shane A. Marshall, MD, FRCPC, Consultant Cardiologist, Department of Medicine, King Edward VIIth Memorial Hospital; Director, The Cardiac Echo Lab, Paget, Bermuda and John Ruedy, MDCM, FRCPC, LLD (hon), DMED (hon), Professor Emeritus of Pharmacology, Faculty of Medicine, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada