Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine – Sixth edition PDF is a best book for clical procedures in pediatrics
The sixth edition of Roberts and Hedges’ Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine continues the book’s original concept of providing complete, detailed, and up-to-date descriptions of many common, and some uncommon, procedures encountered during emergency medical practice. The novice may find the discussions and figures devoted to the many procedures somewhat daunting or overwhelming at first; but it is hoped that most will eventually appreciate the simple discussion and complex verbiage contained in the text. The goal is to describe clinical procedures—from simple Steri-Strip application, to loop drainage of an abscess, to skull trephination—as though each were the nascent clinician’s first exposure to the concept, but with a depth and attention to detail that the seasoned operator would also deem helpful.
In previous editions it was difficult to find figures or photographs that conveyed the details or elucidated the vagaries to the extent one might want. The newly added color photographs, mostly digital quality, and a cornucopia of additional figures were a much needed update and morphed this edition into an obvious improvement over previous iterations. To make the text more user friendly, procedure boxes have been created, comprising a mini-atlas that allows the clinician to see the entire procedure at a glance. One can even bring the text to the bedside, viewing a single page of sequential images, the quintessential teaching tool for house staff and students. Many of the photographs were taken by me over 42 years of emergency department shifts or created or supplied by Todd W. Thomsen, MD. Some illustrations were borrowed from other sources, such as the wonderful text by Catherine B. Custalow, MD, PhD. This edition has more than 3500 images, half of which are new. More than 70 percent of the new images are the result of the artistic genius of graphics editor Dr. Thomsen. Frank Netter, watch out for Dr. Thomsen; he is rapidly attaining your status and may have already surpassed it in emergency medicine parlance. No doubt Dr. Thomsen has found his calling, blending amazing original art and electronic and digital prowess with equally impressive clinical medicine expertise.
The addition of the ultrasound-guided sections, presented in easily found and readily deciphered boxes, is the result of a gargantuan effort from our new ultrasound editor, Catherine Butts, MD, an ultrasonographer extraordinaire. One of the greatest achievement of this edition is the addition of a video procedures library, expertly crafted by Rob Orman, MD, and Scott Weingart, MD. Only wished for in past editions, many sections now reference online content that allows the reader to view videos of the procedures actually being performed. “See one, do one, teach one” has taken on new meaning with this text. This edition is now available electronically on such devices as the Kindle and iPad and is still fully searchable online at expertconsult.com.
There are, of course, many ways to approach any patient or any procedure, so this text is not a dictum. This book does not attempt to define standard of care. It is a compendium of instances it must have), we apologize; but hard decisions had to be made, and waffling was rarely an option. Our book simply tells you what to do and how and when to do it, but no book can always fit every individual situation. We attempted to squarely address such omnipresent vague topics as prophylactic antibiotics, local customs, and variations in style, and accepted the fact that not all foreign bodies or tendon lacerations will be identified in the heat of the moment self-proclaimed techniques—some tried and some true, but occasionally prospectively tested—practical hints, and successful tactics gleaned from the literature and by years of practice, adeptly described by skilled clinicians. As with prior editions, this version also significantly incorporates the personal opinions of the authors and editors. This book is intended to help the clinician and the patients who rely upon them. But it is simply a clinical guide, not a legal document. Do not reference this book if you testify in court, for either the defense or the plaintiff. Today’s dogma too often becomes tomorrow’s heresy, and physician hubris is worse than incompetence. Simply stated, emergency medicine and the human body too often defy the written word, personal opinion, or local custom and humble even the venerable and the universally praised gray-haired professor.