Robert Bals
Emergency situations in pulmonary medicine are critical for the
patient and often stressful for the care providers. The most
important factor in the successful management of such
situations is to be prepared. Interruption of the function of the
lung immediately results in an emergency situation. In the case
of severe impairment of gas exchange, a catastrophic outcome
will occur within a few minutes if adequate measures are not
started. The management of respiratory acute situations is a core
capability of respiratory and emergency medicine. Physicians in
all areas of pulmonary medicine face critical situations daily.
Maintaining the ability to manage emergencies adequately
requires keeping knowledge up to date and training in critical
procedures. In addition to the basic principles in this area, a
number of new techniques and procedures have been developed
in recent years. In contrast to the importance of this subject,
there are only a few comprehensive textbooks available.
This ERS Monograph aims to provide the reader with a detailed
overview of emergencies in pulmonary care, from a viewpoint
close to the bedside. The book is split into two sections. The
first section, on clinical entities, covers the most important
emergency situations, while the second section, on acute
pulmonary interventions, focuses on key techniques. This
structure allows readers to learn systematically or to refresh their
knowledge of the theory of pulmonary emergency management,
including bedside interventions. Together with practical training
and structural developments, this ERS Monograph will enable
physicians and other healthcare providers to treat their patients
safely in critical situations.
I would like to thank the Guest Editors, Leo Heunks, Alexandre
Demoule and Wolfram Windisch, who have worked very
successfully to select these topics and integrate them into a
comprehensive book. I would also like to thank all the authors
for their work. I am sure that this excellent ERS Monograph will
Copyright ©ERS 2016. Print ISBN: 978-1-84984-073-6. Online ISBN: 978-1-84984-074-3. Print ISSN: 2312-508X. Online ISSN: 2312-5098.
ERS Monogr 2016; 74: v–vi. DOI: 10.1183/2312508X.10018416 v
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