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Adult education for ICU management: a better way

2017 22 Nov

Frequently, formal education sessions crafted for medical professionals fall short in their ability to advance the competency of providers. There is a better way! It involves utilising knowledge from the adult education world and applying it to our critical care domain. A move to active teaching and learning strategies improves outcomes from the education.... Read more

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“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.”

2017 22 Nov

The COmpetency-BAsed Training programme in Intensive Care for Europe and other world regions (CoBaTrICE)   The COmpetency-BAsedTraining programme in Intensive Care Medicine (CoBaTrICE) has been the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM)’s vision to achieve a unified and harmonised model of training doctors caring for critically ill patients... Read more

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Making critical care education BASIC: a collaborative approach to training

2017 22 Nov

This article highlights the key current challenges of intensive care training and education. We share our experience of utilising modern educational techniques through the BASIC Collaboration to facilitate global critical care training. Critical care is a young and rapidly expanding specialty. This brings particular challenges in training staff. Survey... Read more

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Effective education for palliative care: communication as a procedure

2017 22 Nov

Palliative care for critically ill patients in the intensive care unit is increasingly in the mainstream, and palliative care principles are vital to ensure comprehensive patient care. ICU Management & Practice spoke to Caroline J. Hurd, MD, Director of Education Operations at UW Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, about the purpose of palliative... Read more

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Free Open-Access Medical education (FOAM) and critical care

2017 22 Nov

This article describes the nature of FOAM (Free Open-Access Medical education), its strengths and weaknesses, and how it can be used effectively by critical care clinicians, educators, and students.“…and to teach them this art — if they desire to learn it — without fee and covenant.”—excerpt from the Hippocratic Oath   FOAM, or ‘Free Open-Access Medical... Read more

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Physiotherapy in the ICU e-learning programme

2017 22 Nov

Development and evaluation of a module as part of an undergraduate international honours degree programmePreparing undergraduate students for the complex and daunting environment of the intensive care unit (ICU) is difficult for most undergraduate programmes. The European School of Physiotherapy, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, offers an international undergraduate... Read more

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Benefits of CRM education and simulation in intensive care and emergency medicine

2017 22 Nov

First developed in aviation, CRM education facilitates prevention of accidents in medicine. Beyond the improvement of technical skills, the simulation can provide to learners the capacity to work with other team members, to pay attention to the work environment and to manage physiological or psychological constraints in critical situations.   Activity... Read more

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New member welcomed to Editorial Board

2017 22 Nov

ICU Management and Practice Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Jean-Louis Vincent is delighted to announce that Dr. Francesca Rubulotta has joined the Editorial Board. Dr. Rubulotta is Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at Imperial College, Charing Cross and St Mary’s Hospital, NHS Trust London, UK. She qualified as... Read more

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Is there a ‘weekend effect’ for ICU mortality?

2017 22 Nov

The risk of dying in the intensive care unit (ICU) is higher for patients admitted at the weekend compared to those admitted on a weekday, according to a retrospective study of registry data from Austria published in Critical Care (Zajic et al. 2017). However, the risk of dying in the ICU on a weekend was found to be lower than on a weekday, highlighting... Read more

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Study: AKI alerts associated with lower mortality, LOS

2017 22 Nov

A clinical decision support system (CDSS) that monitors blood creatinine levels in hospitalised patients to alert physicians to potential acute kidney injury (AKI) was associated with a small but significant reduction in mortality and hospital length of stay (LOS), according to research from the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC published in the Journal... Read more

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Sepsis code implementation at Vall d’Hebron University Hospital: rapid diagnostics key to success

2017 22 Nov

Implementation of a sepsis code, Código Sepsis, in October 2015 at the Vall d’Hebron University Hospital in Barcelona has led to better detection and a significant reduction in mortality. The hospital is the largest in Barcelona, with more than 1,100 beds and 7,000 employees.The objectives of Código Sepsis are to increase suspicion of sepsis and septic... Read more

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Molecular diagnostics in severe respiratory virus infection

2017 22 Nov

Recent trends in virus detection assays and host response biomarkersThis article provides an overview of the recent advances in molecular testing for patients with suspected respiratory tract infection.   Respiratory tract infections are common reasons for admission to intensive care units. For decades conventional culture techniques were the gold standard... Read more

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Integration of nurse practitioners into the critical care team

2017 22 Nov

A viable approach to meet pressing challengesAs the demands of critical care medicine increase one viable option to meet needs is the addition of a nurse practitioner to the traditional structure of the critical care team. The purpose of this article is to convey our positive experience of physician and nurse practitioner integration into the critical... Read more

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Supply purchasing for intensive care centres

2017 22 Nov

A purchasing portfolio for more effective and efficient (medical) supply purchasingThis design study aims to develop a purchasing portfolio for a university hospital intensive care centre that enables the user to make strategic decisions about how to allocate scarce resources wisely across different purchase categories.   There is a growing interest... Read more

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Reducing avoidable harm and death from sepsis and acute kidney injury

2017 22 Nov

Achieving large-scale behaviour change with the NHS Wales programmeIn 2016 NHS Wales received the Global Sepsis Award, recognising the work throughout the healthcare system on improving identification and treatment of sepsis, which has coincided with an apparent reduction in mortality and ICU admissions for patients with two International Statistical... Read more

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Implementation of early and structured rehabilitation in ICU

2017 22 Nov

The importance of multidisciplinary team working and communicationEarly mobility has been shown to be both safe and feasible within critical care populations. When introduced, early mobilisation programmes are associated with an improvement in short-term outcomes and long-term recovery in critical care patients. Despite this, point prevalence surveys... Read more

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Improving quality of care in severe traumatic brain injury patients

2017 22 Nov

Process indicator-based plan-do-act-check cycle in a single-centre quality improvement initiativeTo assess whether intracranial pressure (ICP) management in severe traumatic brain injury patients is being applied according to our institutional protocol we developed a process indicator aimed at improving quality of care. Background and rationale Traumatic brain... Read more

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Improving sepsis outcomes in Brazil

2017 22 Nov

Flávia Machado is Professor of Intensive Care and Head of the Intensive Care Section of the Anesthesiology, Pain and Intensive Care Department at the Federal University of São Paulo in São Paulo, Brazil. She is one of the founders of the Latin America Sepsis Institute (LASI), which is devoted to quality improvement process in Brazilian hospitals as... Read more

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Bringing new technologies to anaesthesia: are we there yet?

2017 22 Nov

Maxime Cannesson, MD, PhD, is Professor of Anesthesiology and Vice Chair for Perioperative Medicine at UCLA. He is the Technology, Computing, and Simulation section editor for Anesthesia & Analgesia. His research interests focus on new technologies applied to anaesthesia and the intensive care unit.We live in a wireless world as consumers, but wireless... Read more

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Agenda

2017 22 Nov

For a full listing of events see https://iii.hm/alyNOVEMBER23-25 6th International Fluid Academy Congress 2017Antwerp, Belgiumhttps://iii.hm/d8w28-30 ATHENA 2017 International ConferenceAthens, Greecehttps://iii.hm/d8xDECEMBER4-6 Intensive Care Society State of the Art Meeting 2017Liverpool, UKhttps://iii.hm/d8y6-8 DIVI-Kongress 2017Leipzig, Germanyhttps://iii.hm/d8z6-8... Read more