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With great pleasure and appreciation, we present the second edition of Critical Care Emergency Medicine. This book is a dedicated resource for those who diligently provide care for the sickest patients in emergency departments and intensive care units around the world—you. The emergency physician defines the quality interface between emergency medicine and critical care. We are proud and honored to provide a trusted resource to your armamentarium.

This edition provides updated recommendations, addressing the challenges faced by the emergency physician practicing critical care on the front lines of health care every day. Much like our clinical practice, it is written collaboratively by emergency physicians and colleagues from trauma, critical care, infectious diseases and pulmonary medicine. We are fortunate and appreciative to have these national and international experts contributing to a resource that is now readily available to you anytime of the day or night.

We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Mary Bennett for her diligent review and editorial expertise, Executive Medical Editor Brian Belval, Senior Project Development Editor Regina Brown, Associate Project Manager Dinesh Pokhriyal, and the entire staff at McGraw-Hill for their countless hours of providing us with guidance, direction, and at times, editorial “resuscitation.” A special thanks to former Executive Medical Editor Ann Sydor for her vision and dedication in making the first edition a reality.

David A. Farcy, MD, FAAEM, FACEP, FCCM

William C. Chiu, MD, FACS, FCCM

John P. Marshall, MD, FACEP

Tiffany M. Osborn, MD, MPH, FACEP, FCCM

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