On Call Principles and Protocols, 5th Edition

by Shane A. Marshall, John Ruedy
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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.
•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.
Be prepared when on call with quick and concise answers to common clinical issues

Table of Contents


1.Approach to the Diagnosis and Management of On-Call Problems
2.Documentation of On-Call Problems
3.Assessment and Management of Volume Status
4.HIV, HBV, HCV, Influenza, and the House Officer

Patient -Related Problems: The Common Calls

6.Abdominal Pain
7.Chest Pain
8.Combativeness: The Out-of-Control Patient
9.Confusion/Decreased Level of Consciousness
10.Decreased Urine Output
12.Fall Out of Bed
14.Gastrointestinal Bleeding
16.Heart Rate and Rhythm Disorders
17.High Blood Pressure
18.Hypnotics, Laxatives, Analgesics, and Antipyretics
19.Hypotension and Shock
20.Leg Pain
21.Lines, Tubes, and Drains
22.Polyuria, Frequency, and Incontinence
23.Pronouncing Death
25.Shortness of Breath
26.Skin Rashes and Urticaria
29.Transfusion Reactions

Laboratory-Related Problems: The Common Calls

31.Acid-Base Disorders
33.Calcium Disorders
34.Coagulation Disorders
35.Glucose Disorders
36.Potassium Disorders
37.Sodium Disorders


A. Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support Core Drugs and Therapy

B. Blood Products

C. Reading Electrocardiograms

D. Miscellaneous

E. SI Units Conversion Table

F. The On-Call Formulary


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ISBN: 9781437723717
Series: On Call
Publisher: Saunder
Publication Date: Jan 1, 2011
Cover: paperback
Pages: 624
Weight: 0.430 kg
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