Evidence-Based Practice of Critical Care, Third Edition

Author: Clifford S. Deutschman, MS, MD, FCCM, et al.
Publisher: Elsevier
Date Published: 2020
Pages: 688
Cover Type: Soft Cover
Expiration Date: 12/31/2024

?Section A pilot nurse comments

  • "I was hesitant to accept participation because I was worried that I would be bored to tears with all of the study info. Surprisingly, I am loving reading the book and have learned tons. I’m also finding so much relevance working in a COVID dedicated ICU since March! Can’t wait to continue the reading.
  • This is an excellent course.
  • What a surprise to find 22 chapters on ARDS – but such an important and timely topic during the Covid pandemic. Especially appreciated the chapters on fever – hypothermia Rx. Appreciated “study” and research results and comparisons/findings – but also not overly technical which is beneficial. Too much technicality can lose the reader.
  • It is a brilliant and comprehensive compilation of many important studies and provides relevant application to current practices.
  • Definitely a course for a critical care nurse. Massive amount of detailed information from recent research.
  • Please warn RN’s that this course is not for the RN who wants some quick CEUs. You need to work though very in depth information.
  • Excellent resource.
  • The first section of this text, especially in regard to respiratory management and ARDS, proved to be very relevant in this coronavirus environment. Many ICU nurses are dealing with these issues every day. I found the first section very informative. There were some challenging sections and I found myself reading some of the footnoted articles. At times I felt more like a respiratory therapist trying to answer some of these questions. But, as an ICU nurse with mechanically ventilated patients, it’s information you should and need to know (to give your patients the best “evidence-based” care.

Section B pilot nurse comments

  • Still finding the content very relevant and helpful as I continue to work in our Covid ICU. Some parts are a great review of my knowledge; but, so many studies that I feel I learn something new with each chapter.
  • The information is highly relevant to all RN’s, especially those in critical care.
  • This is a very thorough resource on current topics in critical care, which provides the background to why certain decisions are made about sepsis, antibiotics, CRRT, echocardiograms, ECMO and more. I plan to go back and reread sections in effort to try to remember key concepts. The type-set graphics-color-figures used make the reading easy on the eyes. Excellent, up-to-date references, history and background leading to how we got to where we are today.
  • As expected, because it discusses formal medical studies – the content is very “cerebral!” The authors relate the findings to actual practice fairly well.
  • Very detailed, evidence-based. Slow reading, but better than section A.
  • Excellent review/resource for critical care.
  • I like the flow of this text, the reference section after each chapter is a great resource, I like the question each chapter heading presents. The table and boxes included are helpful.
  • I like the section regarding bundles and also how intensivists are realizing the importance of multidisciplinary teamwork within the ICU setting. In our daily patient rounds, patient management and decision making included input from the nutritionist, pharmacist, social service, discharge planner, physical and occupational therapy, even chaplaincy provided input on occasions. Hopefully, these actions prepared us in a small way with this pandemic.

Section C pilot nurse comments

  • I very much was intimidated by the task, but I learned so much about research which is so very relevant in our covid ICU. I loved the controversy in so many studies.
  • I feel this is a course designed for both experienced and inexperienced practitioners. Speaking as the former, it is extremely helpful to understand the rationale for a change in practice.
  • An excellent, relevant text for critical care today. The text can serve as a reference for current evidence-based practice and can assist as a guide for nurses wishing to pursue evidence-based practices to implement in the workplace.
  • Much needed chapter on anticoagulation! The text is a definite must-have resource for the critical-care library. I appreciate the chapters on delirium, GI bleeding, pregnancy, etc. as sometimes these topics take a back seat to sepsis, ARDS, and cardiovascular diseases.
  • This section was the easiest to read and comprehend.
  • Sometimes difficult to follow some of the information that is written in technical terms.
  • I enjoyed the textbook, it flows well. I like how each chapter starts with a question, by the time you finish the chapter you definitely get the answer to each question in a very informative way. Its review of certain important topics in different sections of the text can only reinforce your understanding of the material covered. The reference section is a great resource.
  • There is so much about this text that impressed me. It stated “we are finding critical illness does not end with discharge from the ICU. In fact, some unfortunate patients never fully recover.” We are finding out with Covid 19 that this is just one more critical illness with questionable future outcomes, especially with the “long haulers.” Though this text was probably published before the coronavirus pandemic, much of the material presented is so relevant for our present ICU setting today. The ICU is not a “lone ranger” setting. I like its coverage of multidisciplinary teamwork and interprofessional rounding. It is a “team” working together for the best outcome for our patients (in the ICU).
This activity consists of three sections, each worth 21 contact hours, or a total of 63 contact hours when you’ve finished all three.


This activity is eligible for synergy model Category A for CCRNs.

Evidence-Based Practice of Critical Care presents guidance on managing critically ill patients in chapters that focus on best practices. Written by physicians, its purpose is to translate evidence into practice. The quiz author has designed her quizzes for critical care nurses.

This activity will bring you up-to-date on new issues and controversies, such as use/overuse of antibiotics, drug resistance in the ICU, non-invasive mechanical ventilation, frequency of transfusions, and duration of renal replacement therapies.

If you purchase the book, the eBook version is included. This allows you to search all of the text from a variety of devices.

Contents of the three quizzes:

Sections in A: Critical Care and Critical Illness • Basic Respiratory Management and Mechanical Ventilation • Non-ARDS and Noninfectious Respiratory Disorders • ARDS • General Critical Care Management. 

Sections in B: Sepsis • Persistent Critical Illness • Hemodynamic Management • Cardiovascular Critical Care • Kidney Injury and Critical Illness.

Sections in C: Metabolic Abnormalities in Critical Illness • Nutrition, Gastrointestinal, and Hepatic Critical Care • Endocrine Critical Care • Trauma, Surgery, Obstetrics, and Environmental Injuries • Hematology Critical Care • Critical Care Resource Use and Management • Patient Suffering and Other Ethical Issues.

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Quiz onlyShippedEVIDENCE21C quiz21.0$34.00
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