Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: Volume 4: Peri-operative Care of the Critically Ill or Injured Child 2nd Edition PDF Download

Pediatric Critical Care Medicine: Volume 4: Peri-operative Care of the Critically Ill or Injured Child 2nd Edition PDF Download
by Derek S. Wheeler (Editor), Hector R. Wong (Editor), Thomas P. Shanley (Editor)

The  field of critical care medicine is growing at a tremendous pace, and tremendous advances in the understanding of critical illness have been realized in the last decade. My family has directly benefited from some of the technological and scientific advances made in the care of critically ill children. My son Ryan was born during my third year of medical school. By some peculiar happenstance, I was nearing completion of a 4-week rotation in the Newborn Intensive Care Unit. The head of the Pediatrics clerkship was kind enough to let me have a few days off  around the time of the delivery – my wife Cathy was 2 weeks past her due date and had been  scheduled for elective induction. Ryan was delivered through thick meconium stained amniotic fluid and developed breathing difficulty shortly after delivery. His breathing worsened  over the next few hours, so he was placed on the ventilator. I will never forget the feelings of  utter helplessness my wife and I felt as the NICU Transport Team wheeled Ryan away in the  transport isolette. The transport physician, one of my supervising third year pediatrics residents during my rotation the past month, told me that Ryan was more than likely going to require ECMO. I knew enough about ECMO at that time to know that I should be scared! The next 4 days were some of the most difficult moments I have ever experienced as a parent, watching the blood being pumped out of my tiny son’s body through the membrane oxygen

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