Handbook of Anesthesia
Handbook of Anesthesia,
Edition 5
By John J. Nagelhout, CRNA, PhD, FAAN and Karen Plaus, PhD, CRNA, FAAN

Publication Date: 23 Oct 2013

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Small enough to keep with you on the job, this well organized and fully updated reference created just for nurse anesthetists helps you find important information quickly. Descriptions of surgical procedures include patient monitoring and assessments that happen before, during, and after. Drugs are listed by generic name, and information on trade names, dosages, indications, adverse effects and more is provided with each. Disease descriptions include key lab results, clinical manifestations, and anesthesia implications. Together, these supply you with what you need to provide the best care for your patients.

"...The jobbing anaesthetist can open it at any page, and find something of interest"
Reviewed by: C. J. R. Parker on behalf of the British Journal of Anaesthesia, Nov 2014

Key Features

  • Convenient, quick-reference format is organized into three parts: common diseases, common procedures, and drugs.
  • Disease monographs include definition, incidence and prevalence, pathophysiology, laboratory results, clinical manifestations, treatment, anesthetic considerations, and prognosis.
  • Monographs of surgical procedures include a brief description, preoperative assessments (including health history, physical assessment, and patient preparation), anesthetic technique, perioperative management, and postoperative implications.
  • Drug monographs include generic names, trade names, indications, anesthetic considerations, pharmacokinetics, dosages, and adverse effects.
  • Expert CRNA authors provide the current clinical information you’ll use in daily practice.

New Features

  • UPDATED disease information includes the latest treatment and anesthetic considerations.
  • NEW drug information includes interactions and effects of key new drugs with common anesthetic agents.
  • NEW surgical procedures include up-to-date information on new minimally invasive and laparoscopic procedures.
  • NEW appendices include drug, laboratory, and pediatric tables for easy reference.
About the author
By John J. Nagelhout, CRNA, PhD, FAAN, Director, School of Anesthesia, Kaiser Permanente, California State University-Fullerton, Southern California Permanente Medical Group, Pasadena, CA and Karen Plaus, PhD, CRNA, FAAN, Chief Executive Officer, National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists, Chicago, IL
Table of Contents


Section 1: Cardiovascular System


Coronary Artery Disease

Heart Failure


Myocardial Infarction

Pericardial Disease

Peripheral Vascular Disease


Valvular Heart Disease

Section 2: Central Nervous System

Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia

Autonomic Hypereflexia/Dysautonomia

Cerebrovascular Disease

Guillain-Barre Syndrome


Intracranial Hypertension

Mental Disorder

Multiple Sclerosis


Parkinson’s Disease


Spinal Cord Injury

Section 3: Endocrine System


Adrenocortical Insufficiency

Cushing’s Disease

Diabetes Insipidus

Diabetes Mellitus








Section 4: Gastrointestinal System

Carcinoid Tumors and Carcinoid Syndrome

Gallstone/Gallbladder Disease

Hiatal Hernia/Gastric Reflux

Inflammatory Bowel Disease


Splenic Disorders

Section 5: Hematologic System

AID/HIV Infection


Disseminating Intravascular Coagulation


Heparin Induced Thromocytopenia


Polycythemia Vera

Sickle Cell Disease


Von Willebrand Disease

Section 6: Hepatic System

Cirrhosis/Portal Hypertension

Hepatic Failure


Section 7: Musculoskeletal System

Ankylosing Spondylitis


Lambert-Eaton Myasthenic Syndrome

Malignant Hyperthermia

Muscular Dystrophy

Myasthenia Gravis

Myotonic Dystrophy

Pectus Deformities

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Section 8: Renal System

Acute Renal Failure

Chronic Renal Failure


Section 9: Respiratory System

Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Aspiration Pneumonia


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Cor Pulmonale

Cystic Fibrosis

Pneumothorax and Hemothorax

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

Pulmonary Edema

Pulmonary Embolism

Restrictive Pulmonary Diseases


Section 10: Other Conditions

Allergic Reactions and Hypersensitivity


Glaucoma/Open Globe




Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Part 2: Common Procedures

Section 1: Cardiovascular System

Section 2: Gastrointestinal System

Section 3: Genitourinary System

Section 4: Head and Neck

Section 5: Intrathoracic and Extrathoracic

Section 6: Neurologic System

Section 7: Neuroskeletal System

Section 8: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Section 9: Orthopedics and Podiatry

Section 10: Other Procedures

Section 11: Pediatrics

Section 12: Neonatal Anesthetic Considerations

Section 13: Anesthesia for Therapeutic and Diagnostic Procedures

Section 14: Vascular Surgery

Section 15: Complications

Part 3: Drugs



Antithrombotic Drugs

Corticosteroid Replacement

Diabetic Drugs


Immunosuppressive Drugs

Pediatric Considerations

Preoperative Laboratory Tests

Pulmonary Function Test Values

Book Reviews

"...This book is packed with information, is easy to read and easy to navigate. The clinical information is authentic, and reads like the work of authors with clinical experience and wisdom. The jobbing anaesthetist can open it at any page, and find something of interest"
Reviewed by: C. J. R. Parker on behalf of the British Journal of Anaesthesia, Nov 2014

Book details
ISBN: 9781455711253
Page Count: 846
Illustrations: Illustrated
Retail Price: €58.99