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Transoesophageal Echocardiography in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine PDF

Transoesophageal Echocardiography in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine PDF Free Download
Transoesophageal Echocardiography in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine PDF
Preface:

The four years that have passed since the first edition of this textbook represent only a short period of the twenty-year history of perioperative transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE). Nevertheless, the new information obtained through research and educational activity in this field during the last four years justifies an updated second edition of this textbook. The new title of our textbook, TOE in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine, reflects the present wide deployment of TOE in cardiac and non-cardiac surgical patients as well as in non-surgical critically ill patients. The chapters from the first edition have been revised, updated or completely rewritten to incorporate the numerous new publications generated in the field of perioperative TOE. Important developments in the field of ultrasound technology, such as three-dimensional echocardiography, contrast echocardiography, and tissue doppler imaging, have entered the practice of echocardiography during these last four years. We considered including new chapters that would comprehensively cover these techniques; however, we believe that the present impact of these methods on the practice of perioperative TOE does not yet justify extensive coverage in the present textbook. Nonetheless, we do feel that contrast echocardiography, tissue doppler imaging, and three-dimensional echocardiography are promising additions to perioperative TOE and their principles as well as clinical applications are covered in Chapters 1, 7, and 11. We have also added a new chapter covering the use of TOE during mechanical ventricular assistance, implantation of an artificial heart, and heart transplantation (Chapter 15) in response to the suggestions of our readers. Our goal is to provide the present and future practitioners of TOE with a comprehensive and updated review of perioperative TOE. We believe that it would have been wrong to restrict the material to only the technical and sonographic aspects of TOE. Therefore, the TOE findings are not presented in isolation, but are accompanied by relevant physiological and clinical data. We hope that this additional information helps the readers to better understand the findings and that it will help them integrate TOE into the diagnostic process in both the operating theatre and in the intensive care unit.

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