Basics of Intensive Care Medicine


The e-book is designed to make you fit for the management of critically ill patients (especially of COVID-19 patients) in the intensive care unit. It contains all the basics of critical care medicine (airway management, ventilation principles and ventilation techniques, weaning, tracheotomy, analgosedation, catecholamine therapy, hemodynamic monitoring, shock, nutrition, resuscitation, ECMO, acute coronary syndrome, cardiogenic shock, extracorporeal circulatory support, cardia arrhythmias, inflammatory heart diseases sepsis [endocarditis, myocarditis, pericarditis], hypertensive crisis, pulmonary embolism, acute aortic syndrom, ARDS) and also a separate detailed chapter on COVID-19 (SARS-CoV-2).

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The Author

The critical care medicine e-book is written by senior physician Dr. med. Volker Herold, who already published the German version of this textbook, which became a bestseller and is regarded as a must-read in many intensive care units.

Dr. med. Volker Herold

Training as an internist and cardiologist
Additional designation: Emergency Medicine
Senior emergency physician in the emergency medical service (specialist certificate)
Senior physician of Clinic for Internal Medicine, St. Jo­seph Hospital Regensburg / Germany
Head of the compact course in Intensive Care Medicine

Table of Contents

General Part

  • Accesses
    • Venous Accesses
    • Arterial Accesses
  • Airway Management
  • Mechanical Ventilation (basics, types)
  • Non-invasive ventilation (NIV)
  • Weaning
  • Trachetomy
  • Analgosedation
  • Hemodynamic monitoring
  • Circulatory therapy
    • Volume therapy
    • Catecholamine therapy
  • Shock
  • Nutrition of critically ill patients
  • Resuscitation
    • Resuscitation of children
    • Resuscitation of adults

Special Part


  • Acute coronary syndrome (ACS)
  • Cardiogenic shock
  • Cardiac arrhythmias
  • Inflammatory heart diseases (endocarditis, myocarditis, pericarditis [i.a. pericardial effusion, pericardial puncture])
  • Hypertensive crisis


  • Acute pulmonary embolism
  • Acute aortic syndrome


  • ARDS


  • Sepsis
  • COVID-19


Compact Course

Check out the accompanying German compact course in Intensive Care Medicine