The Manual of Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound, 2nd Edition is now available from Cambridge University Press and major booksellers.

The book details evidence-based protocols for the use of bedside ultrasound in the acute and critical care setting, as well as step-by-step guides for using ultrasound in procedures.

It is ideally suited for emergency physicians and intensivists interested in basic or advanced applications of ultrasound.

Reviews after the break.

Reviews of the first edition:

Here’s a review from medGadget!

Annals of Emergency Medicine:

The Manual of Emergency and Critical Care Ultrasound is a good introduction to emergency ultrasound. It is clear, fits in your pocket and provides useful information covering both the bread and butter applications as well as more advanced topics and skills.


The fundamentals chapter…concisely takes the reader through the jargon of ultrasound with clear example pictures and diagrams.

The structure of all the chapters is excellent with good use of diagrams, US images and colour, coupled with a straightforward approach to conducting these scans, posing specific questions that can be answered by ultrasound.

…this book is a useful tool which should be read by all critical care and emergency medicine trainees, and it warrants a place on the shelf in all departments as a quick reference guide.

…this book makes the dynamic skill of ultrasound easy to understand through concise text and multiple US images, standing up where other ultrasound books fall.

British Journal of Anaesthesia:

I would recommend this small booklet as an excellent starting manual for those in anaesthesia and critical care, as it covers just about everything else you need to know at a basic level. The illustrations are clear, well labelled, and I think it would provide a good first read for trainees and established clinicians.

Critical Care Medicine:

This is a concise, clearly written text that describes the contemporary use of sonography in the practice of emergency and critical care medicine… it is timely and eminently readable for the trainee and practitioner of emergency and critical care medicine.

Clinical Radiology:

Overall this is a delightful little book, easy to read and presented in a logical manner, and will surely be successful with its intended audience

International Emergency Nursing:

In summary it would be an interesting read for practising sonographer as well as anyone keen to find out more about the role of US in ED practise.

Topics include:

  • Fundamentals
  • Diagnostic ultrasound
    • Trauma ultrasound
    • Cardiac ultrasound
    • First trimester pregnancy evaluation
    • Abdominal aorta evaluation
    • Renal and bladder sonography
    • Hepatobiliary evaluation
    • Deep vein thrombosis
    • respiratory ultrasound
    • Ocular ultrasound
    • Soft tissue and musculoskeletal ultrasound
    • gastrointestinal ultrasound
    • Pediatric ultrasound
    • Ultrasound in shock
  • Ultrasound for procedure guidance
    • Vascular access (central and peripheral veins)
    • Thoracentesis
    • Paracentesis
    • Arthrocentesis
    • Foreign body evaluation
    • Abscess management
    • Lumbar puncture
    • Pericardiocentesis
    • Detection of pacing capture
    • Bladder aspiration
    • Regional nerve blocks
June 2024