This volume is an extension of the editor's previous work on care in the recovery room and intensive care unit. He has expanded the areas of coverage to include not only problems occurring in the postoperative period or intensive care unit setting, but also any life-threatening condition that might affect the surgical patient.
The editorial staff is almost exclusively from Northwestern University. While this policy precludes having an international expert write each chapter, it does provide a fairly uniform train of thought and avoids many of the contradictions and overlapping that occur in texts authored from multiple institutions.
The book is divided into six units. The first, concerning respiratory tract problems, is well written and has separate chapters on the use of fiberoptic bronchoscopy and the maintenance of tracheobronchial toilet, areas often overlooked or mentioned only in passing in many critical care texts.
Units 2 and 3 cover cardiovascular monitoring