Critical Care Update 2008

by Vineet Nayyar, JV Peter, Roop Kishen, S Srinivas

The Update contains papers on a range of topics of particular interest to trainees and clinicians working in the ICU. The Update retains an easy to read format and familiar themes, uptake of key concepts by readers. Some papers are topical and have their origins in presentations at recent international meetings, while others revisit old issues. All have been chosen to provide a balanced mix of topics that will appeal to most readers. The focus area Communication. As doctors, the authors are taught to cure disease, treat patients, and relieve pain. However, in the course of our professional duties, the author often comes across situations where treatment and clinical management become futile and hope of remission or survival recedes. These situations are frequently encountered in the ICU. It then becomes the doctor’s duty to inform the patient and/or his/her relatives of the situation in a caring, empathetic manner. Talking about death and dying are not easy and doctors find it difficult to confront patients and relatives with bad news. Although there are no simple answers, the initial three chapters attempt to outline essential aspects of the art of communication along with some practical tips for senior colleagues as well as trainees in Intensive Care. Editorial team members have contributed almost exclusively to this section. Individual authors have set aside personal time to make a contribution to the Update this year.

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1. Nayyar Vineet
2. Peter JV
3. Kishen Roop
4. Srinivas S
Editor's Affiliation
1. Intensive Care Unit, Westmead Hospital, Westmead, Sydney
2. Medical Intensive Care Unit, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Tamil Nadu
3. Victoria University of Manchester, Intensive Care Unit, Hope Hospital, Manchester
4. Care Hospital, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh , India
Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine
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