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A Practical Handbook on Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Therapy

  • Dietrich Klauwer
  • Christoph Neuhaeuser
  • Josef Thul
  • Rainer Zimmermann

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxi
  2. General Considerations on Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Medicine

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Christoph Neuhaeuser, Dietrich Klauwer
      Pages 3-44
    3. Dietrich Klauwer
      Pages 45-77
    4. Dietrich Klauwer, Christoph Neuhaeuser
      Pages 79-101
    5. Christoph Neuhaeuser, Dietrich Klauwer
      Pages 103-136
    6. Dietrich Klauwer
      Pages 137-149
    7. Christoph Neuhaeuser, Dietrich Klauwer
      Pages 151-178
    8. Christoph Neuhaeuser, Dietrich Klauwer
      Pages 179-205
    9. Dietrich Klauwer
      Pages 207-230
    10. Rainer Zimmermann, Dietrich Klauwer
      Pages 231-250
    11. Dietrich Klauwer
      Pages 251-272
    12. Maria B. Gonzalez y Gonzalez
      Pages 273-302
    13. Christoph Neuhaeuser, Dietrich Klauwer
      Pages 303-324
  3. Management of Specific Pediatric Cardiac Problems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 325-325
    2. Dietrich Klauwer, Christian Jux
      Pages 327-394
    3. Dietrich Klauwer, Christoph Neuhaeuser
      Pages 395-407
    4. Josef Thul, Dietrich Klauwer
      Pages 473-490

About this book


This book combines valid physiology and treatment strategies with the institutional experience of one of the leading German pediatric heart centers. It is intended as a pragmatic guide, focusing on daily practice and bedside medicine: straightforward, easy to implement, and results-oriented. It offers readers a profound understanding of intensive care, with a specific focus on organ systems, their interactions, and the effect of life support technologies, pursuing a comprehensive approach to congenital heart defects and therapies, including pitfalls and solutions. The target group is extended towards pediatric cardiologists and anesthesiologists by integrating chapters on the systematic analysis of hemodynamics and anatomy, diagnostics and treatment of congenital heart defects, plus a chapter on modern anesthesiology during heart operations with a focus on early extubation that minimizes on-pump and medication trauma. As such, the book offers a pragmatic and clinically oriented guide for physicians with advanced experience and expertise in (cardiac) intensive and intermediate care, as well as beginners and junior physicians.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Dietrich Klauwer
    • 1
  • Christoph Neuhaeuser
    • 2
  • Josef Thul
    • 3
  • Rainer Zimmermann
    • 4
  1. 1.Center for Paediatrics and Youth Health SingenSingenGermany
  2. 2.Universitätsklinikum Gießen und Marburg, Paediatric Cardiac ICU and Heart Transplantation ProgramGießenGermany
  3. 3.Universitätsklinikum Gießen und Marburg, Paediatric Cardiac ICU and Heart Transplantation ProgramGießenGermany
  4. 4.Global Medical Leader in Medical Affairs, Actelion PharmaceuticalsAllschwilSwitzerland

About the editors

Dietrich Klauwer is a pediatrician, neonatologist, pediatric intensivist and pediatric cardiologist, who completed his training at Giessen University Children’s Hospital and Pediatric Heart Center as well as at Münster University Pediatric Heart Center.

Christoph Neuhaeuser worked as an anesthesiologist for nine years before becoming a pediatrician, neonatologist and pediatric intensivist. He was trained at the PICU at Giessen University Children’s Hospital. He is currently working as a consultant for pediatric intensive care in Giessen.

Josef Thul has been trained in neonatology, pediatric intensive care and pediatric cardiology. For more than a decade, he has been the head of the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at the Children’s Heart Center at Giessen University Hospital, where he is also the responsible cardiologist for the pediatric heart transplant program.

Rainer Zimmermann was trained as a pediatrician and pediatric cardiologist in Mönchengladbach, the University Hospitals of London, Oxford and Würzburg, and the University of Giessen’s Pediatric Heart Center. He joined Actelion Pharmaceuticals in 2008 as a specialist for pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title A Practical Handbook on Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Therapy
  • Editors Dietrich Klauwer
    Christoph Neuhaeuser
    Josef Thul
    Rainer Zimmermann
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine Medicine (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-92440-3
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-92441-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXXI, 560
  • Number of Illustrations 30 b/w illustrations, 34 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Intensive / Critical Care Medicine
  • Buy this book on publisher's site
Industry Sectors
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“A Practical Handbook on Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Therapy is recommended to health professionals with a strong interest in mastering the underlying principles that affect pediatric cardiac critical care management. The handbook could serve as an excellent resource for pediatric residents, fellows, and staff.” (Stefanie Smulski, Canadian Journal of Anesthesia/Journal canadien d'anesthésie, Vol. 66, 2019)

“The problem-oriented approach of this book is what a busy clinician is looking for. … If you are a busy clinician taking care of children or adults with congenital heart disease and if you have an open mind and are willing to ‘think beyond,’ … this book is for you.” (Elena Ashikhmina, Anesthesia & Analgesia, Vol. 129 (2), August, 2019)