The book has been conceived to fill the void in existing physician reference materials, and provides a comprehensive review of the theoretical knowledge and scope of pharmacotherapy in individuals who are hooked on a psychoactive substance.
While detailed scientific information is obtainable in other major articles, the book's straightforward format and style, along with its illustrations, will make for easy reading as emphasis is put on information specifically related to drugs that occur most abused in today’s society. The information provided is based on clinical practice rather than pure experimental data, which will give the physician more effective tools useful in their daily practice. Many mechanisms of action of abuse are described in detail and references are provided to direct the reader to further sources for additional information.
As a special feature, the book incorporates uncluttered tables and charts, which result in immediate clarification of the mode of action on the central nervous system and the reason for misuse, thus avoiding usual long and fatiguing text in common reference books. The book aims to give the reader a clear and concise plan on what to do when being faced with an overdose situation.
A well-organized Table of Contents rapidly leads the reader from general pharmacological issues to the specific overdose syndrome and its management. Additionally, significant emphasis is placed on the practical do's and don’ts for physicians, with special reference to the predictive signs of aberrant drug-related behavior and the identification of the drug diverter by using urine drug screening.
The book also describes what cerebral monitoring can do and what its limitations are. In addition, proper selection of the available monitoring devices, set-up procedures, the technique of electrode placement, trouble shooting and data interpretation are fully covered. Various typical cases underline how EEG power spectra and evoked potential changes are interpreted, how they are used in the light of other variables being measured how they can serve to get a deeper insight into the underlying clinical situation. In this respect representative and color illustrated examples further emphasize the link between this book and clinical practice.
In a final chapter new trends such as spinal evoked potentials are presented and their possible use in vascular surgery are discussed. Cerebral Monitoring in the Operating Room and the Intensive Care Unit will prove to be an extremely useful reference work for all physicians and medical staff involved in patient care who require further information on changes in the central nervous system, opening a window to the brain.
Zur schnellen Orientierung dient eine alphabetische Liste (am Ende des Buchs) aller zur Zeit auf dem Markt befindlichen Agonisten, Antagonisten und gemischt wirkenden Agonisten/Antagonisten sowie deren durchschnittliche Dosierung.
Eine praktische Anleitung für Kliniker und alle Ärzte, die mit Problemen der Schmerztherapie täglich zu tun haben; ein wichtiges Informations- und Nachschlagewerk für AiPs, Assistenten und Schwestern/Pfleger.
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Für jeden, der mit Opioiden zu tun hat, ein lesenswertes Einstiegs-, Informations- und Nachschlagewerk!