This handy pocket guide will aid physicians and house officers in making on-the-spot critical decisions in the care of acutely ill adults. Designed for quick reference, it provides the most urgently needed instructions on diagnosis, intervention protocols, drug dosage, and procedures in easy-to-scan outlines, charts, tables, and algorithms. Treatment algorithms for cardiac emergencies are at the front of the book, where they can be found immediately during a code. Subsequent sections cover cardiovascular, pulmonary, infectious, neurologic, hematologic and oncologic, rheumatic and allergic, endocrine, renal, gastroenterologic, nutritional, toxic, and body fluid disorders. Each section covers the major diagnostic and therapeutic decision-making problems encountered in the acute care setting.