Contents

Introduction vii

Units used in the book ix

Abbreviations xi

1 Patients at risk 1

2 Oxygen 11

3 Acid-base balance 31

4 Respiratory failure 49

5 Fluid balance and volume resuscitation 74

6 Circulatory failure and the use of inotropes 103

7 Sepsis 126

8 Acute renal failure 151

9 Brain failure 170

10 Optimising physiology before surgery 189 Index 204

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