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SWEETs 2022, Swedish Emergency Medicine Talks

2022 30 Mar

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#EA21: COVID-19 - AKI vs Pre-Existing Kidney Disease

2021 18 Dec

According to findings presented at Euroanaesthesia 2021, among patients with COVID-19 admitted to the ICU, those with an abrupt decline in kidney function are more likely to die during hospitalisation than those with pre-existing kidney disease. In addition, findings show that renal replacement therapy does not improve their chances of survival.  ... Read more

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RECOVERY Trial: Use of Aspirin in Patients With COVID-19

2021 14 Dec

The use of aspirin has been proposed as a treatment for COVID-19 because of its anti-thrombotic properties. Thrombosis is a key feature of COVID-19, with 5-30% of hospitalised patients having a major venous thromboembolic event and up to 3% having an arterial thromboembolic event.   The Randomised Evaluation of COVID-19 Therapy (RECOVERY) trial is... Read more

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What Does ARDS Mean During COVID-19?

2021 14 Dec

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) was described as a syndrome in 1967. At that time, it was defined as a condition characterised by severe hypoxaemia and diffuse bilateral opacities. Diagnosis of ARDS has always been context-dependent, but overall, achievements in traumatic and medical resuscitation and the use of invasive mechanical ventilation... Read more

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Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia in Patients With COVID-19

2021 07 Dec

A major challenge in ICUs even before the COVID-19 pandemic was ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). However, now that the ICUs are even more overwhelmed with the complex and prolonged acute care of patients with COVID-19, VAP has become an even bigger issue. It has an overall incidence of 40 to 60%, but the problem is that the variation on VAP definitions... Read more

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Omicron Puts Scientists on Alert

2021 30 Nov

There is panic around the globe as news of a new variant of coronavirus circulated this week. The variant is believed to harbour a large number of mutations and is spreading quickly across the world. The World Health Organization (WHO) has identified it as a variant of concern and named it Omicron. Omicron is the latest in line of SARS-CoV-2 variants... Read more

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Nutritional Care for Patients with COVID-19 Requiring Intensive Care

2021 23 Nov

Recommendations for the management of nutrition of COVID-19 patients provide guidelines for nutrition risk screening, requirements, timing, route and mode of feeding, monitoring, equipment and workforce requirements. The worldwide pandemic of COVID-19 continues to impact all aspects of intensive care unit (ICU) management, including nutritional... Read more

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Pathophysiology and Management of COVID-19 Pneumonia

2021 02 Nov

COVID-19 pneumonia is an evolving disease. In this review, the authors focus on the development of its pathophysiologic characteristics over time and how these changes determine modifications in treatment.   The clinical features of COVId-19 are highly variable, ranging from asymptomatic patients to patients with a severe form of respiratory failure.... Read more

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COV-AID Trial: Effect of Anti-Interleukin Drugs in COVID-19

2021 02 Nov

The coronavirus infection continues to cause significant morbidity and mortality. COVID-19 is a new illness, and clinicians are still trying to find the most effective treatment strategies. Interleukin (IL)-1 and IL-6 blockade have been proposed as one possible option. However, study results so far are conflicting.   COV-AID, a prospective, multicentre,... Read more

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Respiratory Subphenotypes of COVID-19-Related ARDS

2021 19 Oct

Patients with COVID-19 related ARDS present with distinct respiratory subphenotypes. But most phenotyping schema is limited by sample size, disregard for temporal dynamics and insufficient validation.   In the PRoVENT-COVID study, researchers aimed to identify respiratory subphenotypes of COVID-19-related ARDS. This was an investigator-initiated... Read more

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RAPID Trial: Therapeutic Heparin vs Prophylactic Heparin in COVID-19 Patients

2021 19 Oct

A study was conducted to evaluate the effects of therapeutic heparin compared with prophylactic heparin among moderately ill patients with COVID-19 admitted to the hospital.   Heparin has anticoagulant properties, anti-inflammatory effects and potential antiviral effects and may also improve endothelial function. Early initiation of therapeutic heparin... Read more

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#LIVES2021: Convalescent Plasma in Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients

2021 12 Oct

COVID-19 is still a new disease, and clinicians continue to struggle with finding effective treatments. Among the many treatments that have been evaluated, glucocorticoids and IL-6 receptor antagonists have been shown to reduce mortality in hospitalised COVID-19 patients, and glucocorticoids have shown benefit in critically ill patients.   Convalescent... Read more

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Visitor Restriction Policy and Delay in End-of-Life Decisions

2021 12 Oct

During the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals have implemented policies that limit family presence.   In a recent analysis, researchers aimed to determine whether a restrictive visitor policy inadvertently lengthened the decision-making process for dying inpatients without COVID-19.   The primary outcome of the study was ICU length of stay. Secondary... Read more

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Survival of Mechanically Ventilated COVID-19 Patients

2021 12 Oct

Approximately 14 to 17% of COVID-19 patients admitted to the hospital require transfer to the ICU. However, there is insufficient evidence regarding the long-term survival and predictive factors for mortality in patients with acute hypoxaemic respiratory failure due to COVID-19 and undergoing invasive mechanical ventilation.   A study was conducted... Read more

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Sedana Medical Presents at ESICM

2021 30 Sep

Sedana Medical AB (publ) has announces that the company will hold a scientific symposium at ESICM Lives 2021, the annual congress of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine. Additional data on inhaled sedation will also be presented at the congress. ESICM Lives 2021 will be held digitally October 3-6 and Sedana Medical will arrange a scientific... Read more

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Microbiome in Sepsis and COVID-19

2021 30 Sep

Bacteria play a fundamental role in human life. Given the many roles of gut microbiota in critical illness and other pathological conditions, it is important to target therapeutical interventions to restore, preserve and enrich its composition. Introduction Bacteria play, for better or worse, a fundamental role in human life. As... Read more

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The Role of the Microbiome and Nutritional Therapy in Critical COVID-19

2021 30 Sep

Dysbiosis has been closely related to inflammation and severe-to-critical COVID-19, a reason why nutritional therapy could be important in the prevention and management of critical disease. Introduction Infection by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes coronavirus disease (COVID-19), involves... Read more

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Safer Intubation Practices in Critically Ill Patients

2021 30 Sep

What We Learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic That Should Not Be Forgotten An overview of the available evidence on safe intubation practices in critically ill patients in light of new discoveries due to the coronavirus pandemic. Introduction Orotracheal intubation is a life-saving procedure in critically ill patients with acute... Read more

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Mortality Differences in Critically Ill Elderly During COVID-19

2021 29 Sep

A study was conducted to assess the outcome of elderly intensive care unit patients who were treated during the spring and autumn surges of COVID-19 in Europe. The COVIP study included patients aged 70 years and older who were admitted with COVID-19 from March to December 2020. A total of 2625 patients – 1327 from the first surge of the pandemic... Read more

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Microbiome in Critical Illness: Sepsis, COVID-19, Paediatrics and Treatment Strategies

2021 12 Oct

Moderator PROF. DR. JAN DE WAELE Intensivist  Dept. of Critical Care Medicine  Surgical Intensive Care Unit Ghent University Hospital  Topics & Panellists Topic: Microbiome in Sepsis and COVID-19 FRANCESCO FORORI Professor of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Department of Surgical, Medical, Molecular Pathology and Critical... Read more