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Ask the Experts - Circulatory Disturbances in Asthma

Ask the Experts - Circulatory Disturbances in Asthma

What are the circulatory disturbances associated with acute severe asthma?......[Read More]
Therapeutic Drug Monitoring of Amikacin in Septic Patients

Therapeutic Drug Monitoring of Amikacin in Septic Patients

For septic patients, higher doses of amikacin may impact clinical response, but the risk may be too great for some.......[Read More]
Quality in the Intensive Care Unit

Quality in the Intensive Care Unit

A multifaceted quality improvement program aims to increase delivery of key evidence-based practices.......[Read More]
The Very Elderly Admitted to ICU: A Quality Finish?

The Very Elderly Admitted to ICU: A Quality Finish?

Find out about aspects of care that can be improved when death is imminent - due to old age.......[Read More]
Limits on Clinicians' Discretion to Unilaterally Refuse Treatment

Limits on Clinicians' Discretion to Unilaterally Refuse Treatment

Patients vary regarding the amount and type of treatment they are willing to accept in the face of advanced critical illness. What factors matter most and who, if anyone, should play the heavy?......[Read More]
Promoting Staff Resilience in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Promoting Staff Resilience in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

Are there interventions to improve resilience in health care professionals?......[Read More]
Ask the Experts - Use of APACHE Scoring

Ask the Experts - Use of APACHE Scoring

Wouldn't an abnormal score be justification for earlier emergent and expensive interventions because the patient will surely die without them?......[Read More]
Conference Coverage and News From ESICM, Chest, and More

Conference Coverage and News From ESICM, Chest, and More

What's new at Medscape Critical Care?......[Read More]
Preventive Strategies for Ventilator-associated Pneumonia

Preventive Strategies for Ventilator-associated Pneumonia

Many factors contribute to the development of ventilator acquired pneumonia, but how many factors can we influence to prevent it?......[Read More]
Albumin Supplementation in Sepsis Patients

Albumin Supplementation in Sepsis Patients

A new study looks at the pros and cons of albumin supplementation in patients with sepsis.......[Read More]
Agitation and Associated Factors in Critically Ill Adults

Agitation and Associated Factors in Critically Ill Adults

Agitation in critically ill adults can result in life-threatening events for patients or care providers. Find out how to crack the code and stop the cycle.......[Read More]
Electronic Tool for Evaluation and Treatment of Sepsis in ICU

Electronic Tool for Evaluation and Treatment of Sepsis in ICU

Can an electronic tool for sepsis alerts improve compliance with treatment guidelines and clinical outcomes in septic ICU patients?......[Read More]
Comparison of Diagnostic Criteria of AKI in Critically Ill

Comparison of Diagnostic Criteria of AKI in Critically Ill

Learn which criteria stand out for diagnosing critically ill patients -- who may have acute kidney injury.......[Read More]
Vacuum-Assisted Closure Device Enhances Recovery

Vacuum-Assisted Closure Device Enhances Recovery

Abdominal compartment syndrome can result in depressed renal function, cardiac output, respiratory mechanics, and mesenteric perfusion. Which outcomes improve with VAC?......[Read More]
Intravascular Cooling Device in Neurologic Intensive Care

Intravascular Cooling Device in Neurologic Intensive Care

Fever, defined as body temperature >37.9°C, is common in critically ill neurologic and neurosurgical patients, especially those with a prolonged length of stay in the neurologic intensive care unit (NICU) or with intracranial disease.......[Read More]
Pain Assessment in Nonverbal Patients

Pain Assessment in Nonverbal Patients

Quick tips for what to do when your patient just can't say what's wrong.......[Read More]
Microbial Colonization on Surfaces of Intravascular Devices

Microbial Colonization on Surfaces of Intravascular Devices

Intravascular devices are indispensable because they provide safe, reliable vascular access. Unfortunately in severely ill patients many infections are caused by implantable medical devices.........[Read More]
Ask the Experts - IV Albumin and Sepsis

Ask the Experts - IV Albumin and Sepsis

In severe sepsis, there is associated endothelial-cell contraction leading to capillary leak syndrome. In such circumstances, are we justified in giving intravenous albumin?......[Read More]
MD Intervention: Nurse/Physician Collaboration & Communication

MD Intervention: Nurse/Physician Collaboration & Communication

A study intervention added a nurse practitioner, appointed an MD hospitalist, and instituted daily multidisciplinary rounds to increase communication and collaboration on an inpatient unit.......[Read More]
Are There Sex-Based Differences in Serum Troponin I After Cardiac Surgery?

Are There Sex-Based Differences in Serum Troponin I After Cardiac Surgery?

Investigators sought to determine whether there are sex-based differences in serum troponin I (TnI) after cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass.......[Read More]