Intensive care medicine is one of the fastest developing branches of medical science, and is now an obligatory topic for surgeons and physicians, as well as anaesthetists. Knowledge of the principles of intensive care is essential in making correct spur of the moment decisions, and also in the management of an acutely ill patient. This book serves not only as a quick reference guide, but also a means of confirming the accuracy of decisions made. The text includes commonly performed procedures, management approaches and frequently encountered diseases in a multi-disciplinary ICU. Topics are presented uniformly, consisting of introductory comments relating to the understanding and practical management of each topic followed by a step-by-step approach towards the management. Each step is fully explained for ease of understanding. The approach, style and content of this book are the result of the author's many years of clinical bedside experience, both in managing patients and in teaching that management. Consisting of 66 short, concise chapters and 13 appendices, this book is an invaluable reference guide for all ICU professionals and trainees.