Aside from the usual highlights of the International Symposium of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine, this 30th anniversary meeting provides us with a rare opportunity to look back and consider the evolution of the field and to take stock of what we have accomplished over the last three decades. It is interesting, for instance to note, that while technology has asserted a dominant role in our daily wo

Viewpoints / Special Focus on ISICEM

It has been 30 years since the first International Symposium of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine was held. The Founder and Chairman of the meeting, Jean- Louis Vincent sat down with ICU Management Managing Editor Sherry Scharff to reflect on the early beginnings of ISICEM and to discuss the future of the symposium and the broader field of intensive care. S.S.-30 years, three decades… That’s

Exhibitors @ RSNA 2010

Boulder, CO —February, 2010 – Covidien announced results from a recent study1 suggesting that its Mallinckrodt™ TaperGuard™ line of endotracheal tubes reduces microaspiration by providing a more effective tracheal seal compared to other conventional endotracheal tubes. Microaspiration refers to aspiration of fluid, secretions and other materials that have leaked past the endotracheal tube cuff and

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Author Susan Burnett Programme Lead, Organisation and Management Group Centre for Patient Safety and Service Quality, Imperial College London, United Kingdom [email protected] Since the publication in 1999 of arguably the most important call to action for patient safety, the Institute of Medicine's report 'To Err is Human', we have learnt a lot about how to reduce risk in healthcare and how to impr

Author Justin Boyle, PhD Research Scientist The Australian e-Health Research Centre Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital Queensland, Australia [email protected] Evidence-based research demonstrates that overcrowding in emergency departments causes ambulance diversion, increased hospital lengths of stay, medical errors, increased patient mortality, financial losses to hospital and physici

Kirsten Colpaert, MD Intensive Care Department Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium [email protected] Pieter Depuydt, MD, PhD Intensive Care Department Ghent University Hospital, Ghent, Belgium [email protected] Filip De Turck, M.Sc, PhD Department of Information Technology Institute for Broad Band Technology, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium filip.det

Author Gilberto Felipe Vazquez de Anda, MD, PhD Head of Critical Care Robotics Department Hospital Materno Perinatal "Monica Pretelini", Instituto de Salud del Estado de México, México Professor - Centro de Investigación en Ciencias Médicas de la Universidad Autonoma del Estedo de Mexico [email protected] Sebastian Larraza Rico, Eng, MSc Engineer at the Robotics Department Hospi


Authors Veronique M. Boscart, RN Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, iDAPT-Intelligent Design for Adaption, Participation and Technology, Canada, L. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing,University of Toronto,Toronto, Canada [email protected] Alexander I. Levchenko, PhD Toronto Rehabilitation Institute,iDAPT-Intelligent Design for Adaption, Participation and Technology, Canada Geoff R. Fernie, P

AuthorRobert S. Green, BSc., MD, FRCPC, DABEM Department of Internal Medicine;Division of Critical Care Medicine Department of Emergency Medicine, Dalhousie University Halifax, Nova Scotia [email protected] The demand for ICU resources is high and continues to increase. This may challenge the ability of crit

Authors Radha Korupolu, MBBS, MS Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD Immanuel Susai, MBBS Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, MD [email protected] > Dale M. Needham, MD, PhD Medical Director,Critical Care Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Programe Johns Hopkins Hospital Associate Professor, Division


Author Mathias Goyen, BSc., MD Chief Executive Officer (CEO) UKE Consult and Management Hamburg, Germany [email protected] Health policy makers have focused on cost containment, for the past several decades, as a means to deal with the rapid rise in healthcare costs in the western world. All kinds of measures have been introduced in all kinds of healthcare systems. Virtually all of them have one thing in comm


Migration and Health Around a third of the Swiss population are people with an immigrant background. This means that they either immigrated to the country or were born here but have at least one parent who immigrated to Switzerland. Although a large proportion of immigrants are well integrated and their health is hardly any different from that of Swiss citizens, studies have shown that they are exposed to

Authors Ilker Uçkay, MD Resident Infection Control Programme University of Geneva Hospitals and Faculty of Medicine Geneva, Switzerland Sandrine Longet Di Pietro,RN Specialized nurse in infection control Infection Control Programme,University of Geneva Hospital and Faculty of Medicine, Geneva, Switzerland Marie-France Boulc’h, RN Head nurse, Intensive Care Unite University of

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