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New Grad in the Cardiothoracic ICU

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Hello,

I will be starting my first position in the cardiothoracic ICU in about 3 months.  Any suggested books, readings, or tips?  I currently have Manual of Preoperative care in cardiac surgery by Dr. Bojar.  Thanks!

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Read Marino's book cover to cover. Best ICU primer, hands down. And some cool history quips in there to boot.

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I always recommend The Ventilator Book by William Owens. Short, easy to read, packed with the real info you need about vents. Ideally, in CTICU-land patients are quickly extubated, but you'll certainly have your share of people who need more active ongoing vent management. (When you get to your ICU, make sure you find out what brand of vent they use and what each of the standard modes is called on their machine so you can apply your knowledge.)

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