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National Approach to Surveillance for Ventilator-Associated Events

National Approach to Surveillance for Ventilator-Associated Events

Finally ventilator associated events have standardized definitions and data collection methods. Will standardization positively impact patient care or add to the burden?......[Read More]
Influence of Case-Volume on Acute COPD Exacerbation Outcomes

Influence of Case-Volume on Acute COPD Exacerbation Outcomes

Learn more about the use of noninvasive ventilation during acute exacerbations of COPD in ICUs.......[Read More]
Infection Management Guidelines and Outcomes in Severe Sepsis

Infection Management Guidelines and Outcomes in Severe Sepsis

Find out about the tight connection between sepsis guideline-driven initial infection management and patient outcome.......[Read More]
Fluid Management in Acute Lung Injury Resulting From Septic Shock

Fluid Management in Acute Lung Injury Resulting From Septic Shock

In this commentary, critical care expert Greg Martin, MD, MSc, discusses a recent study on fluid management secondary to septic shock in critical care patients.......[Read More]
Presepsin and Procalcitonin Levels in Sepsis

Presepsin and Procalcitonin Levels in Sepsis

Do presepsin measurements contain clinically useful information for patients with severe sepsis or septic shock?......[Read More]
Looking Ahead at the Issues in Critical Care Medicine

Looking Ahead at the Issues in Critical Care Medicine

Next stop for coverage, the 24th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine.......[Read More]
Ask the Experts - The Cost-Effectiveness of Resuscitation

Ask the Experts - The Cost-Effectiveness of Resuscitation

Would you send me the latest US statistical studies of the prognosis and cost-effectiveness of resuscitation of a patient who was brought to the ED unconscious with flat ECG and fixed, dilated pupils?......[Read More]
Patient Mortality, Staff Resources and Workload in the ICU

Patient Mortality, Staff Resources and Workload in the ICU

What are the thresholds for patient-to-caregiver ratios, above which patient safety may be endangered in the ICU?......[Read More]
Error in ICU: Repurcussions and Defense Mechanisms

Error in ICU: Repurcussions and Defense Mechanisms

Find out what impacts capacity to acknowledge and disclose error and to learn from them.......[Read More]
Injurious Ventilation and Pulmonary Tumor Necrosis

Injurious Ventilation and Pulmonary Tumor Necrosis

Although mechanical ventilation is a lifesaving intervention, it may contribute to lung injury and patient morbidity and mortality.......[Read More]
Severe Cardiovascular Collapse After ET Intubation in the ICU

Severe Cardiovascular Collapse After ET Intubation in the ICU

What factors interact with hemodynamic conditions during endotracheal intubation?......[Read More]
Age Still Matters: Prognosticating Mortality for Patients With Pneumonia

Age Still Matters: Prognosticating Mortality for Patients With Pneumonia

Factoring in age may well help to inform decisions regarding pneumonia treatment plans in the critical care arena.......[Read More]
Kidney Injury Criteria Predict Outcomes of Critically Ill Patients *

Kidney Injury Criteria Predict Outcomes of Critically Ill Patients *

The Acute Kidney Injury Network definition of acute kidney injury predicts hospital mortality, need for renal replacement therapy, and prolonged hospital stay in critically ill patients.......[Read More]
Preload Dependence Indices During Septic Shock

Preload Dependence Indices During Septic Shock

Can passive leg raising help to identify those patients who need intravascular volume expansion?......[Read More]
Red Blood Cell Transfusion and Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia:

Red Blood Cell Transfusion and Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia:

Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) remains a major challenge in the care of critically ill patients.......[Read More]
August 2003: What's New on Medscape Critical Care?

August 2003: What's New on Medscape Critical Care?

Coverage of the latest conferences, reports, articles, and much more......[Read More]
Comparing Drugs for Sedation During Mechanical Ventilation

Comparing Drugs for Sedation During Mechanical Ventilation

Sedation is often used to achieve comfort in mechanically ventilated patients. This comparison looks at 3 drugs in terms of safety and efficacy for sedation during mechanical ventilation.......[Read More]
Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: Who Dies, and Why?

Subarachnoid Hemorrhage: Who Dies, and Why?

What strategies hold the most promise for preventing death with subarachnoid hemorrhage?......[Read More]
Position and Applied PEEP in Critically Ill Obese Patients

Position and Applied PEEP in Critically Ill Obese Patients

Optimal positioning for patients who are obese may have a huge impact on respiration during mechanical ventilation.......[Read More]
Treatment of Acute Bacterial Meningitis

Treatment of Acute Bacterial Meningitis

What changes occur in serum procalcitonin levels during treatment for community-acquired acute bacterial meningitis?......[Read More]