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The Washington Manual - Cardiology Subspecialty Consult


3rd Edition


Publisher: Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

ISBN 10: 1451114222

ISBN 13: 9781451114225

Description At A Glance

Third edition is quick and easy read yet comprehensive and up-to-date. Key points are grouped appropriately for easy recall. Diagrams are easy to follow and maintain a level of simplicity suitable for those at various levels of training. Most importantly, the information is current and based on the guidelines that drive daily practice

Packed with information, The Washington Manual: Cardiology Subspecialty Consult, 3rd Edition places the field of cardiovascular disease at your fingertips. Designed for the busy practitioner, student, or resident, this edition captures cardiology’s latest findings and treatments in an easy-to-read format. In a fast-advancing field that welcomes new biomedical discoveries and novel therapeutics, this resource delivers top treatment recommendations for your patients. If you’re a busy clinician committed to exceptional, cost-effective patient care, The Washington Manual: Cardiology Subspecialty Consult is the guide for you.

Key Features
  • NEW chapters on the physical exam, heart failure, preserved ejection fraction, and cardiovascular diseases in special populations
  • Guidelines from the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology
  • End-of-chapter journal and online references
  • Maximum readability with diagrams, flow charts, bullet-point lists, bold faced call-outs, and mnemonics

Your Voice

By Patty Huhmann
I worked for 10 years as a CCU nurse at night in St Louis, where most of the individuals I took care of were heart attack or heart transplant patients. At night you have limited resources, as far as MDs. You, of course, you have interns (1-2 years out of school) and a resident who may or may not be available.

One evening we received notice that a patient was flying in by copter. The patient, we learned, was in a rhythm called torsades. This rhythm originates in the lower portion of the heart. When one is in it there is no blood flow to the rest of the body, and it can be lethal if one does not come out of it.

When we heard the patient was in this rhythm we were also happy to hear someone was performing CPR on him, which meant he had a chance of surviving. On the other hand, there was a new intern on call and she was not familiar with this rhythm. She knew the patient would arrive in approximately 15 minutes, and we had to be ready. She said to me "What do we give for torsades?"
I knew Isuprel was one method to use, but was unaware of another. I took out my Palm and looked up torsades using Harrison's Manual of Medicine, and it gave us some additional info. It said to use MgSo4 1-2gm. I went to our crash cart, grabbed the magnesium and as the patient rolled through the door, CPR was still being performed. I then administered the drug. Within a short period of time the patient had converted to a normal rhythm. Time was an issue, good information was important and both of these I had in the palm of my hand. Palm with this Skyscape reference saved this person's life, and I was hooked for life.

I no longer work in this area, but I use my Palm each day to look up drugs for patient information, to do drug interaction checks as well as a million other tasks for my job. Although there have been many times I believe my Palm came in handy for patient care, this one in the ICU has to be the one - which has hooked me for life.

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