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I work in a small intensive care unit (ICU) where we have been writing diaries since 1992. Initially, they were just little black books with notes by staff and families on how patients were doing during their ICU stay. In 1999, we began taking photos of the patients to illustrate their critically ill period, to help them understand and see what happened.... Read more

Critical care outreach teams (CCOTs) were introduced in an attempt to reduce morbidity and mortality through the earlier detection and resuscitation of acutely deteriorating patients.  However, there are many different models of critical care outreach systems across the UK and internationally. This online survey aims to take a cross-sectional... Read more

The European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect on May 25, 2018, replacing the 1995 Data Protection Directive. Directly binding and applicable in all EU states, the GDPR aims to protect the data and privacy of the European population by giving control back to citizens and to make the regulatory environment simpler... Read more

Healthcare in the U.S. is an industry that’s ripe for innovation. From a convoluted insurance system to a complicated chain of care to a lack of price transparency, many factors combine to create a healthcare system that’s slow, expensive, inefficient, and difficult to navigate.   But some companies are fast at work addressing the many pain... Read more

As a health professional, it is increasingly important to provide clients and patients alike with information about medical discoveries and new forms of treatment. Biofeedback therapy is not a new form of treatment but is continually being developed and applied as a safe alternative to traditional drug-based treatments. By measuring the body’s... Read more

Yes this is yet another notice about GDPR, but read on for advice about online safety management. The most robust laws and regulations won’t protect you if you are not extremely careful about your personal online safety. Here are our top tips to be safe online. Be careful with unknown or questionable sources Always check the sender email and the... Read more

In the ICU we see our fair share of loss, most the result of unplanned tragedy both for the patients and their families. As healthcare providers we work as part of a high functioning team always working to provide exemplary patient-centred care. We maintain a calm cool demeanor, approachable and open to suggestions and feedback from families,... Read more

On 6 & 7 June, 2018, London’s ExCeL will play host to the two most important days of the year for Europe’s leading oncology professionals.   Under one roof, the European Oncology Convention will showcase the latest research, innovations and techniques transforming the study, diagnosis and treatment of cancerous tumours.   Here’s five... Read more

Thousands of the world’s leading neuro professionals will flock to London next month to discover the latest technology and trends within the field of neurology.   Running on the 6th & 7th of June at the ExCeL, the European Neuro Convention will put on an unparalleled lineup of seminars, suppliers and workshops devoted to the cutting-edge developments... Read more

Several high-definition neuroendoscopes are commercially available, which have been valuable for achieving optimal results in less invasive surgery, but the smartphone revolution has now presented advanced technology and methodology. The integration of smartphone technology into endoscopy for performing minimally invasive neurosurgery is one of... Read more

The European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect on May 25, 2018, replacing the 1995 Data Protection Directive. Directly binding and applicable in all EU states, the GDPR aims to protect the data and privacy of the European population by giving control back to citizens and to make the regulatory environment simpler... Read more

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force in the European Union (EU) this month. It sets a high standard for consent and contains significantly more detail to bring together existing European guidance and good practice. The changes reflect a more dynamic idea of consent: consent as an organic, ongoing and actively managed... Read more

A week later, Mr. 'Reed’ came into our ICU at 5 am. The sun was already up and was shining softly into the room. Earlier that night, Mr. Reed was hospitalised in the emergency room. They couldn't get an infusion in because his veins were destroyed by chemotherapy. He was in the palliative state of cancer and now suffering with a variceal bleed.... Read more

When a patient suffers from traumatic brain injury (TBI), there aren’t many treatment options available to physicians, and a team of engineers and emergency medicine physicians decided they could make a strong contribution if they joined forces. Funded by the Massey Grand Challenge, the team built an ultrasound system to detect  secondary brain injury,... Read more

I find this question particularly interesting. This is the phrase I use to define my Twitter profile, @Vilavaite . I really believe analysing reality with the sight of a radiologist has distinctive features.   First, we radiologists see beyond the surface of things. We are used to seeing the inside of our patients' bodies and in... Read more

As experienced critical care providers, we are overly familiar with the concept of continuing education. For many years, the only avenues available for obtaining this knowledge were via textbook, medical journal or formal classroom setting. Whether fulfilling a certification requirement or going above and beyond to expand our knowledge of patient... Read more

Whilst sitting on the beach in some sunny clime you have probably witnessed the annoying presence of the “knock off” watch, phone charger or handbag salespeople. While they may be irritating, we probably give little thought to the impact that these individuals are having on the original brands. You might even make a purchase, accepting the fact... Read more

  Please see below details of an online survey which is being supported by the World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine . The survey has been distributed to national societies for dissemination to their members. We encourage you to participate and thank you very much in advance of your assistance in generating a good response.... Read more

You are being asked to complete a survey as part of a study about “why we leave the abdomen open in trauma and acute care surgery”. The aim of this survey is to help simplify the utilization of the open abdomen through a pragmatic approach. Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary. Your name and other identifying information will never... Read more

Who should read You Can Stop Humming Now ?   Everyone and anyone! These are the stories of what comes after the medical miracles, when the sirens and flashing lights have gone quiet, behind curtains and closed doors. In this book, you will meet those whose lives have been extended by days, months or years as a result of our treatments... Read more

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