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    Cardiopulmonary bypass is necessary to adequately treat patients in the course of cardiac surgery. The kidney is the first to react to cardiopulmonary bypass. Postoperative acute renal failure is a much feared complication associated with high mortality after heart surgery, Frank Muench (Universitätsklinik Erlangen) emphasizes in the new textbook "Extracorporeal Circulation".

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    Remembering the past and imagining the future are two processes that can be summarized under the term "mental time travel" and that seem to share largely overlapping neural substrates. We observe an important impact of "mental time travel" for decision-making and well-being. When does mental time travel occur? Dr. Julia Weiler answers (in: "Chronobiology and Chronopsychology"):

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    Written exams typically used at German-speaking universities often do not represent the learning objectives of the respective course appropriately. Moreover, they do not allow for criterion-referenced inferences regarding the degree to which the learning objectives have been met, and they are statistically unconnected across different test cycles. To overcome these shortcomings Prof. Dr. Andreas Frey and colleagues propose applying a combination of established methods from the fields of educational measurement and psychometrics to written university exams (in: Psychological Test and Assessment Modeling).

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    Perioperative treatment in cardiac surgery: the German standard reference book "Extracorporeal Circulation in Theory and Practice" has been published in a completely updated, greatly expanded new edition. 62 German and US specialists from the fields of medicine, nursing and technology have contributed to the English-language volume. Editor Rudolf Tschaut and the three co-editors used a structured review process to ensure the professional quality and the topicality of all contributions.

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    COVID-19: High-flow oxygen therapy has proven its worth in the current pandemic. Intensive care medicine was able to gain valuable experience during the past year. Peter Kremeier et al. summarise these experiences in their new manual "Ventilation and intensive care therapy for COVID-19", proposing detailed treatment pathways.

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    Organisational cultures in multinational companies are shaped by different factors. An organisational culture does not reduce national culture differences, but maintains and enhances them. Professor Dr. Claude-Helene Mayer and Dr. Christian Martin Boness deliver the appropriate coaching and training for managers:

    The textbook "Creating mental health across cultures" shows ways to becoming a healthy and competent transcultural manager. The theoretical informations and practical exercises provide the reader with ideas on how to cope with managerial responsibilities in a salutogenetic and enjoyable manner.

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    "Anaesthesiologists play a significant role in the management of cardiac surgical patients during the various stages of Cardiopulmonary Bypass," Steven Bartels and Kathirvel Subramaniam emphasize in the new textbook "Extracorporeal Circulation". "Anesthesie drug administration and maintenance, hemodynamic management, coagulation management, monitoring and prevention of complications and disasters, neuroprotection, and prevention of endorgan injury are important aims of anesthesia management during Cardiopulmonary Bypass. Communication and coordination between the surgical, anaesthesia, and perfusion teams are key to the successful conduct of Cardiopulmonary Bypass and cardiac surgery."

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    A coaching-manual describes ways to becoming a healthy and successful transcultural manager. It guides through the topics of health and sense of coherence, transcultural competencies and identities, managing conflicts across cultures, and systemic perspectives and practices in organizations. The authors are well experienced coaches: Prof. Dr. Claude-Helene Mayer and Dr. Christian Martin Boness. All the theoretical information and practical exercises may provide the reader with ideas on how to cope with managerial responsibilities in a salutogenetic and enjoyable way.

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    Hand hygiene is an important topic in medical environments, as it is one of the simplest and most effective measures to reduce the transmission of germs and pathogens, and thus the spread of diseases. In light of the current development of a global pandemic, the question of how to get people to adopt adequate hand hygiene behaviour, has become a topic of pressing relevance in all areas of everyday life.

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    German experts wrote the world’s first manual on "Ventilation and intensive therapy for COVID-19". This book targets all medical practitioners caring for ventilated patients with critical pathogens. Approx. 70 percent of COVID-19-patients in Germany survive the treatment in critical care units. A lung-protective procedure is essential.

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