Colin Bigham

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Critical Care of the Vascular Surgery Patient

1. Description of the problem Introduction Patients undergoing vascular surgery are a unique group undergoing both high-risk surgery and being at high risk of perioperative morbidity and mortality due to the advanced nature of their atherosclerotic disease, which is often combined with pulmonary dysfunction. Although many vascular procedures are undertaken without the need for critical…

Abnormal heart rhythm

1. Description of the problem Overview of causes and general treatments Arrhythmias are rarely the cause of admission to critical care, but as many as 50% of patients develop an arrhythmia, usually early in the course of their illness. Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia encountered. Etiology of arrhythmias in ICU These occur as…

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