Irwin and Rippe’s Intensive Care Medicine 7th edition
It is with great pleasure that author presents the Irwin and Rippe’s Intensive Care Medicine 7th edition. As with previous editions, the editorial challenge that we faced with the seventh edition was to continue to ensure that the textbook evolved as the field has evolved and improved to meet the varied and rigorous demands placed on it by the diverse group of specialty physicians and nonphysicians practicing in the adult intensive care environment without losing strengths that have made previous editions so useful and popular.
The Irwin and Rippe’s Intensive Care Medicine 7th edition is approximately the same length as the previous edition. To make this happen, we challenged every section editor and author to carefully balance edited materials emphasizing new evidence-based as well as state-of-the-art information by discarding outdated information. All of our section editors and chapter authors have done a superb job meeting this challenge.
All chapters in every section have been updated with recent references and other materials that reflect current information, techniques, and principles. New chapters have been added to reflect emerging areas of interest.While Irwin and Rippe’s Intensive Care Medicine 7th edition textbook has been updated and broadened to include new understandings, information, and techniques, our goal has been to maintain the practical, clinically an oriented approach that readers have come to expect from previous editions.
Because intensive care cannot be divorced from public policy, we continue to emphasize this with a major section of our textbook entitled “Contemporary Challenges in the Intensive Care Unit.” This section includes not only more ethical and legal issues but also issues related to ICU organization and management, economics, safety, and