Core surgical skills and knowledge

Matthew D. Gardiner and Neil R. Borley

in Training in Surgery

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780199204755
Published online November 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191753145 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Speciality Training

Core surgical skills and knowledge

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This chapter begins by discussing the basic principles of fluid and electrolyte homeostasis, fluid therapy, healthcare-associated infection, microorganisms and antimicrobials, preoperative assessment, and acute pain, before focusing on the key areas of knowledge, namely deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, respiratory tract infection, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, acute respiratory failure, ischaemic heart disease, heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, acute renal failure, stroke, acute confusional state, and haematological conditions. The chapter concludes with relevant case-based discussions.

Chapter.  17490 words. 

Subjects: Professional Development in Medicine ; Surgery ; Surgical Skills

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