Improvised Medicine: Providing Care in Extreme Environments by Kenneth Iserson

Improvised Medicine: Providing Care in Extreme Environments

By Kenneth Iserson

  • Publication Date: 2012-04-05
  • Genre: Medical

Book Synopsis

Deliver quality healthcare in the most challenging field conditions

Full of practical clinical pearls and proven strategies, this indispensible guide shows you how to operate outside your comfort zone and devise effective treatment solutions when the traditional tools (medications, equipment, and staff) are unavailable—or when you need to provide care outside of your specialty. Improvised Medicine is a must for anyone who plans to work in global, disaster, or other resource-poor settings.

FEATURES:
Simple-to-follow directions, diagrams, and illustrations describe practical techniques and the improvised equipment necessary to provide quality care during crises. Contains improvisations in anesthesia and airway management, dentistry, gynecology/obstetrics, infectious disease/laboratory diagnosis, internal medicine, otolaryngology, pediatrics and malnutrition, orthopedics, psychiatry, and surgery. Also includes basic disaster communication techniques, post-disaster forensics, a model hospital disaster plan, and innovative patient-transport methods.
LEARN HOW TO:
Make an endotracheal tube in secondsPerform digital-oral and blind-nasotracheal intubationsMake plaster bandages for splints/castsGive open-drop ether, ketamine drips, and halothaneUse subcutaneous/intraperitoneal rehydration/transfusionMake ORS and standard nutrition formulasClean, disinfect, and sterilize equipment for reuseWarm blood units in seconds inexpensivelyTake/view stereoscopic x-rays with standard equipmentQuickly and easily stop postpartum hemorrhageFashion surgical equipment from common itemsEvacuate patients easily for high-rise hospitalsMake esophageal and precordial stethoscopesQuickly improvise a saline lockMake ECG electrode/defibrillator pads and ultrasound gel

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