Current and concise, the updated and revised 2nd Edition of this pocket-sized reference reflects the substantial changes shaping the evaluation and treatment of many emergency conditions today. Its unique "signs and symptoms" approach offers the quickest possible way to diagnose critical conditions in an emergency situation. Organized around presenting symptoms, it can be used in real time to answer patient care questions. Diagnoses are listed in order of their severity in each chapter, with the symptoms, signs, suggested workup, and patient disposition given for each diagnosis.
Uses a symptom-based approach for quick diagnosis.
Features an outline format for real-time reference.
Focuses on the 200 conditions most frequently encountered in the emergency room.
Presents a useful tool for evaluating the likelihood that a specific symptom - or symptoms - denotes a particular disease, and allows the reader to initiate an appropriate treatment.
New to this Edition
Includes new chapters on emergency situations involving biological, chemical, and radiation terrorism
20. Heat Illness, Hypothermia, and Submersion Injury
22. The Irritable Child and Vomiting
24. Joint Pain
25. Limping Child/Child Won't Walk
26. Mental Status Change and Coma
27. Neck Pain and Stiffness
28. Organ Transplantation
29. Palpitations and Tachycardia
30. Radiation Terrorism
32. Scrotal Pain
33. Seizure, Adult
34. Seizure, Pediatric
35. Shortness of Breath
36. Sore Throat
37. Syncope and Near-Syncope
38. Toxic Ingestion, Approach to
39. Trauma and Burns, Approach to
40. Vaginal Bleeding
41. Vision, Change in
42. Weakness and Fatigue
A. World Wide Web Resources and Decision Support
B. Emergency Drug Treatments
C. Pediatric Emergency References and Defibrillation and Cardioversion
Code Blue "Unstable"/"Stable" Reference Card
By Mark A. Davis, MD, MS, Director, Institute for International Emergency Medicine and Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Department of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts; and Scott R. Votey, MD, Assiatant Dean for Medical Education; Professor of Clinical Medicine, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA