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Corticosteroids and Delirium in Acute Lung Injury

Corticosteroids and Delirium in Acute Lung Injury

Outside the ICU setting, corticosteroids are a recognized risk factor for delirium, but what's their relationship with delirium in critically ill patients?......[Read More]
Procalcitonin for Reduction of Antibiotic Use in Asthma

Procalcitonin for Reduction of Antibiotic Use in Asthma

Can serum procalcitonin levels be used to effectively and safely reduce antibiotic exposure in patients admitted for acute exacerbation of asthma?......[Read More]
Guidelines for Pain, Agitation, and Delirium in the ICU

Guidelines for Pain, Agitation, and Delirium in the ICU

Get up-to-speed with new guidelines for managing common conditions that can disrupt care delivery in nearly every intensive care unit.......[Read More]
Critical Care Journal Scan, March 2006

Critical Care Journal Scan, March 2006

Sepsis is the recurring theme in this month's Journal Scan -- read about the findings from SOAP, the effect of statins on the incidence of sepsis, and more.......[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]
Anticoagulation Following Coronary Stenting

Anticoagulation Following Coronary Stenting

What is the optimal therapeutic regimen after percutaneous coronary intervention with a stent in a patient using warfarin for recent pulmonary embolism?......[Read More]
Ask the Experts - Epoetin alfa Use in Chronic Disease

Ask the Experts - Epoetin alfa Use in Chronic Disease

Is there a role for epoetin alfa in the management of patients with anemia of chronic disease (excluding chronic kidney disease and malignancy)?......[Read More]
Use of Xenon as a Sedative for Patients Receiving Critical Care

Use of Xenon as a Sedative for Patients Receiving Critical Care

Modern intensive care units have changed significantly since their inception during the polio epidemics of the 1950s.......[Read More]
Arterial Catheter for Glucose Control in Critically Ill

Arterial Catheter for Glucose Control in Critically Ill

Is blood from an arterial catheter safe and effective for glucose monitoring -- in patients on intensive insulin therapy?......[Read More]
PAC Use is Associated with Reduced Trauma Mortality

PAC Use is Associated with Reduced Trauma Mortality

Morbidity and mortality data on the use of PAC's in trauma patients by 268 level 1 trauma centers from across the United States.......[Read More]
Daily Sedative Interruption in Mechanically Ventilated Patients

Daily Sedative Interruption in Mechanically Ventilated Patients

Myocardial ischemia is common in critically ill mechanically ventilated patients with coronary artery disease risk factors.......[Read More]
Meta-Analysis of Exogenous Pulmonary Surfactant Therapy

Meta-Analysis of Exogenous Pulmonary Surfactant Therapy

A systematic review and meta-analysis of exogenous surfactant administration to assess whether this therapy may be useful in adult patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome.......[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]
Racial Differences in Women's Prodromal and Acute Symptoms of MI

Racial Differences in Women's Prodromal and Acute Symptoms of MI

Race may help to guide assessment of myocardial infarction symptoms in women.......[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]
The Ongoing Debate Between Crystalloid and Colloid

The Ongoing Debate Between Crystalloid and Colloid

Aaron Holley, MD, reviews a decade-long debate on whether to use crystalloid or colloid for fluid resuscitation.......[Read More]
Suspicion of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

Suspicion of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia

Does the presence of acute respiratory distress syndrome alter outcomes in VAP?......[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]
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]
Procalcitonin vs CRP for Guiding Antibiotic Therapy in Sepsis

Procalcitonin vs CRP for Guiding Antibiotic Therapy in Sepsis

Learn which lab test provides the most efficacious guidance for antibiotic prescription in sepsis.......[Read More]