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Study Investigates the Effects of Rescue Therapies on the Cerebral Oxygenation of COVID-19 Patients

2021 06 Apr

Study Stresses the Importance of Brain Monitoring During the Treatment of Patients with Severe COVID-19 Masimo  (NASDAQ: MASI) today announced the results of a prospective, observational study published in Critical Care in which researchers in Genoa, Italy, evaluated the impact of a variety of rescue therapies on the systemic and cerebral oxygenation... Read more

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Selection Criteria for Lung Transplantation in COVID-19 Patients

2021 06 Apr

In May 2020, a team led by thoracic surgeon Konrad Hoetzenecker of the Department of Surgery of MedUni Vienna and Vienna General Hospital performed a lung transplant on a 44-year-old patient who had been seriously ill with COVID-19. She thus became the first patient in Europe to receive a lung transplant for this indication. The Vienna lung transplantation... Read more

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Impact of Stress and Shortages on Critical Care Physicians

2021 06 Apr

As hospitals continue to struggle with accelerating rates of coronavirus infections, hospitalisations, and deaths, the impact of the pandemic and the experiences of critical care physicians caring for the sickest COVID-19 patients should be examined. This is especially important because infection rates are increasing, and there are concerns about the... Read more

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Association Between Pre-Existing Respiratory Disease and COVID-19

2021 06 Apr

Pre-existing respiratory disease could worsen the severity of COVID-19. A review of cases has shown that the prevalence of chronic respiratory disease in hospitalised COVID-19 patients was lower compared to prevalence in the general population. Another systematic review found mixed evidence on asthma. Some data suggests hospitalisation was equally... Read more

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A-E Assessment of Post-ICU COVID-19 Recovery

2021 30 Mar

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused significant strain on healthcare and critical care services worldwide. While most resources have focused on acutely ill patients, the burden of patients who have been chronically affected by COVID-19 will remain.   From what we know of COVID-19 so far,  a significant number of patients show symptoms that last more... Read more

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Effects of Ventilatory Rescue Therapies in Mechanically Ventilated COVID-19 Patients

2021 23 Mar

Several publications have highlighted the features of COVID-19-associated acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Patients with COVID-19 ARDS have a form of injury that resembles ARDS unrelated to COVID-19. International guidelines recommend adherence to evidence-based management strategies, including lung-protective mechanical ventilation and... Read more

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Resurgence of the BUN :Creatinine Ratio In Severe Illness: COVID-19, Sepsis, And Trauma

2021 31 Mar

Speakers John Toffaletti, Ph.D. Professor of Pathology, Director of ABG and CPED Labs Duke University Medical Center Dennis Begos, MD, FACS, FACRS Associate Medical Director, Medical and Scientific Affair Nova Biomedica l Find Nova Medical On Social Media Read more

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CDC Interim Guidelines for Fully Vaccinated People

2021 16 Mar

Efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic finally became possible when, in December 2020, the FDA authorised the use of the first COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured by Pfizer-BioNTech. Soon after, two additional vaccines from Moderna and Johnson & Johnson also received emergency authorisation for use. As of 8 March 2021, over 31 million people in the U.S. have... Read more

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Long-term Outcome After ICU for Male and Female COVID-19 Patients

2021 09 Mar

There are many questions about the long-term outcome for patients with COVID-19 and the differences between men and women as data suggests men suffer a more dramatic course of coronavirus disease. However, why that is so, still remains unclear. The number of COVID-19 cases appears to be equally distributed between the two genders, but more men are... Read more

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20 Lessons from 2020 – Join the Live Discussion

2021 27 Feb

To round up the first issue of ICU Management & Practice this year, experts from critical care will gather together and discuss the most important lessons learned in 2020 from a critical care perspective. You are invited to join us live on 9 March 2021, 16:00 CET. You might also like : 20 Lessons from 2020     The COVID-19 pandemic... Read more

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How to overcome antibiotic overuse in COVID-19 patients?

2021 24 Mar

Speakers Valerie Vaughn Director of Hospital Medicine Research in the Division of General Internal Medicine University of Utah, Salt Lake City, USA Neil Powell Consultant Antimicrobial Pharmacist Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Truro, UK Find Thermo Fisher Scientific on Social Media   Read more

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Improving Survival of Critical Care Patients With COVID-19 in England

2021 23 Feb

Data from the UK suggests that there has been an improvement in the survival of hospitalised patients with COVID-19 in recent months. Case-fatality rate of hospitalised patients declined from 6% in April 2020 to 1.5% by July 2020.  A possible explanation for this shift may be the fact that there has been a shift in the demographics of people admitted... Read more

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Effect of Vitamin D in Patients with Moderate to Severe COVID-19

2021 23 Feb

A clinical trial was conducted to evaluate the effect of a single high dose of vitamin D 3 on hospital length of stay among hospitalised patients with moderate to severe COVID-19. Vitamin D is believed to enhance innate and adaptive immunity. A deficiency of vitamin D is known to be a potential risk for non-communicable and acute respiratory... Read more

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Cardiac Arrest in COVID-19 - Characteristics and Outcomes

2021 23 Feb

A recent report evaluates the characteristics and outcomes among cardiac arrest cases with COVID-19 and the differences between out-of-hospital cardiac arrests (OHCA) and in-hospital cardiac arrest (IHCA) during the pre-pandemic and the pandemic period. Several reports demonstrate an increased risk of OHCA during the pandemic. A study from Paris... Read more

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Twenty Lessons from 2020: With a Focus on the ICU Perspective

2021 22 Feb

2020 has been an unusual year. As we begin 2021, it is important for intensivists to look back over what has happened and see whether lessons can be learned from our combined experiences . T he year 2020 has been unusual in so many ways and as we start a new year, it is interesting and important as intensivists to look back and reflect on what... Read more

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Is Videolaryngoscopy the New Gold Standard for Intubation Following the COVID-19 Crisis?

2021 22 Feb

Videolaryngoscopy may be the new gold standard for tracheal intubation following the COVID-19 pandemic onset. Introduction Patients admitted to Intensive Care Units (ICU) often require respiratory support. Orotracheal intubation is one of the most frequent procedures performed in ICU (Lascarrou et al. 2017; Roux et al. 2014; Martin et al.... Read more

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Prioritisation: A Physicians’ Problem? An Opinion

2021 22 Feb

In light of harsh criticism regarding physicians’ prioritising scarce resources during the COVID-19 pandemic, the question arises: is prioritising truly a physicians’ problem? The COVID-19 pandemic has led to pronounced discrepancies between the need for medical care and the ability of many health care systems to provide it. Subsequently,... Read more

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Nutrition Management of COVID-19 Patients in the ICU and Post-ICU

2021 22 Feb

This article is a summary of a webinar series where three nutritional experts discussed a practical approach on how to feed and how to provide high-quality nutritional therapy to critically ill patients during hospitalisation. Prof Elizabeth De Waele, Dr Arthur Van Zanten and Prof Paul Wischmeyer in the webinar series discuss nutrition support for... Read more

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How To Ventilate COVID-19 Patients?

2021 22 Feb

TwinStream ®  ICU with p-BLV ®  (Pulsatile Bilevel Ventilation) T he Austrian critical care ventilator TwinStream ®  ICU was designed with the explicit purpose of saving critically respiratory-distressed patients. In particular those patients with severe lung diseases (e.g. ARDS) who can no longer be supported with conventional ventilation. ... Read more

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20 Lessons from 2020

2021 22 Feb

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on ICUs and critical care healthcare providers all across the globe. As of this week, 110 million people have been infected with the virus worldwide, and 2.4 million have died. Many of the infected patients need hospitalisation and admission to the ICU. A high percentage of severely ill patients with... Read more