Respiratory tract infections (RTIs) are the most common acute medical problem encountered in primary care. General practice consultation rates in England and Wales show that a quarter of the population will visit their GP because of an RTI each year, and 60% of all antibiotic prescribing in general practice will be for an RTI. At the secondary care level, hospital admission rates for pneumonia in England and Wales have increased by 34% between 1997 and 2005. In addition, increasing numbers of patients with cancer and other disorders are being treated with drug regimens that cause immunosuppression and RTIs are one of the most common complications in these patients. Mortality in patients hospitalised with RTIs ranges from 10 to 40%. Not only are RTIs very common, the spectrum of disease is wide. Clinical management differs according to the characteristics of the infected host and infecting pathogen. Despite these features, there are currently no pocketbooks that bring together clinically relevant information on this broad and important subject area in an accessible and practical manner. This pocketbook offers a concise companion for health care professionals who manage patients with acute lung infections. The book covers aspects related to the diagnosis and initial management of these patients, with attention to specific infections which are notable for being difficult to manage, common or of particular clinical importance. The book will appeal to a wide variety of professionals in acute medicine, respiratory medicine, infectious diseases, primary care, and other internal medicine specialties.
1: Claire Blacklock and Matthew Thompson: Acute respiratory infections in primary care 2: Santiago Ewig: Community acquired infections in secondary care 3: John Simpson: Hospital acquired pneumonia 4: Morgan Evans and Pradhib Venkatesan: The immunocompromised host (a) patients with HIV 5: Jeremy M Brown and James S Brown: The immunocompromised host - patients with haemotological disorders 6: Nick Maskell and Clare Hooper: Pleural infection 7: Jonathan S. Nguyen-Van-Tam: Influenza and other respiratory virus infections 8: Thomas Bewick and Wei Shen Lim: Pneumococcal disease and vaccines 9: John Macfarlane: Legionnaires' disease 10: Wei Shen Lim: Less common and tropical respiratory tract infections 11: Wei Shen Lim: Antibiotics in respiratory tract infections
Wei Shen Lim is a respiratory physician who combines a busy clinical workload with a research interest in respiratory infections. He has been involved in the development of national guidelines in the area of respiratory infections including guidelines in relation to pandemic (H1N1) 2009 influenza, and was Chairman of the Guidelines Committee for the British Thoracic Society Guidelines for the Management of Community Acquired Pneumonia in Adults 2009. He is currently Chairman of the British Thoracic Society Respiratory Infection Specialist Advisory Group.
Reviews for Acute Respiratory Infections
I recommend this book as clear with excellent summaries and checklists that will contribute to patient safety efforts. * Tidsskrift for Den norske legeforening, Jan 2013 *