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A Practical Handbook on Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Therapy


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Part I. General considerations on pediatric cardiac intensive care medicine.- O2 supply, CO2 and acid-base balance.- Ventilation.- Cardiovascular monitoring and cardiovascular drug therapy.- Renal dysfunction.- Fluid, electrolyte and nutritional management.- Analgosedation.- Antibiotic therapy.- Coagulation system.- Pulmonary hypertension.- ECMO therapy and the heart-lung machine.- Cardiac arrhythmias.- Resuscitation.- Part II. Management of specific pediatric cardiac problems.- Preoperative diagnostics.- Considerations for hemodynamics.- Heart defects with indication for neonatal surgery.- Heart defects with therapy post neonatal phase.- Heart transplantation.- Ultra fast tracking in pediatric cardiac surgery.- Drug list.

About the Author

Dietrich Klauwer is a pediatrician, neonatologist, pediatric intensivist and pediatric cardiologist, who completed his training at Giessen University Children's Hospital and Pediatric Heart Center as well as at Munster University Pediatric Heart Center.

Christoph Neuhaeuser worked as an anesthesiologist for nine years before becoming a pediatrician, neonatologist and pediatric intensivist. He was trained at the PICU at Giessen University Children's Hospital. He is currently working as a consultant for pediatric intensive care in Giessen.

Josef Thul has been trained in neonatology, pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiology. For more than a decade, he has been the head of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at the Children's Heart Center at Giessen University Hospital, where he is also the responsible cardiologist for the pediatric heart transplant program.

Rainer Zimmermann was trained as a pediatrician and pediatric cardiologist in Moenchengladbach, the University Hospitals of London, Oxford and Wurzburg, and the University of Giessen's Pediatric Heart Center. He joined Actelion Pharmaceuticals in 2008 as a specialist for pulmonary arterial hypertension.


"A Practical Handbook on Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Therapy is recommended to health professionals with a strong interest in mastering the underlying principles that affect pediatric cardiac critical care management. The handbook could serve as an excellent resource for pediatric residents, fellows, and staff." (Stefanie Smulski, Canadian Journal of Anesthesia/Journal canadien d'anesthesie, Vol. 66, 2019)
"The problem-oriented approach of this book is what a busy clinician is looking for. ... If you are a busy clinician taking care of children or adults with congenital heart disease and if you have an open mind and are willing to 'think beyond,' ... this book is for you." (Elena Ashikhmina, Anesthesia & Analgesia, Vol. 129 (2), August, 2019)

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