Roberts and Hedges Clinical Procedures in Emergency Medicine and Acute Care 7th Edition continues the book’s original concept of providing complete, very detailed, and up-to-date descriptions of many common, and some uncommon, procedures encountered during emergency medicine and acute care 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 tracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation, 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. Please see Expert Consult for some bonus procedure videos from Todd.
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, Christine Butts, MD, an ultrasonographer extraordinaire. Another achievement of this edition is the inclusion of additional video procedures. Only wished for in other texts, 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.