Critical Pathways in Cardiovascular Medicine, Second Edition presents evidence-based, cost-effective critical pathways for diagnosis and management of cardiovascular disorders in the pre-hospital setting, emergency department, inpatient setting, and outpatient setting. All pathways in this edition have been updated to reflect the latest findings regarding best practices in all areas of cardiovascular care. Coverage includes new pathways for pre-hospital care, public access defibrillation for cardiac arrest, emergency department management of heart failure and atrial fibrillation, aortic aneurysm, hyperglycemia, peripheral artery disease and claudication, implantable cardioverter defibrillator treatment for ventricular tachycardia, and long-term management of diabetes and the metabolic syndrome.
“This is a compilation of best practices, order sets, and critical pathways in cardiovascular medicine from hospitals across the United States….The purpose is to present a concise and standardized approach to the cardiovascular patient incorporating the most recent clinical guidelines in an attempt to improve clinical outcomes and reduce costs and hospital length of stay….
“This book uses flow charts, graphs, tables, and preprinted order sets as a guideline to the management of the cardiovascular patient in an attempt to standardize care in a cost-effective, evidence-based format. Chapters include current recommendations along with the level of supporting evidence and results of pertinent clinical trials….
“Given the surprising underutilization of beta blockers and/or ACE inhibitors in ACS patients, this book underscores the need for a basic, standardized approach to the cardiovascular patient. Although ‘cookbook’ in nature, this book provides reviews of the current literature, outcome expectations, and best practices from institutions that we would not otherwise be privy to, as a catalyst for personal practice improvement.” Doody’s Book Review Service (Weighted Numerical Score: 91, 4 Stars)
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