Editorial

As medical professionals, we are always seeking new, improved ways to save lives and provide a high quality of care. Coupled with the increasing pressure being applied during these increasingly unstable economic times, it comes as no surprise that one of the growing topics is that of addressing and achieving costeffectiveness. How can we create an optimally financially sustainable environment in the critic

News

The Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality of Johns Hopkins Medicine is collaborating with the Lockheed Martin Corporation, a global security and technology company, to create a safer and more efficient hospital intensive care unit (ICU) model. The two organisations will work to streamline complex and fragmented clinical systems and processes to reduce medical errors and improve the quality of

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) is releasing new European-wide surveillance data showing that the percentage of carbapenem-resistant Klebsiella pneumoniae is increasing within the European Union. Several Member States are now reporting that between 15 and almost 50 percent of K. pneumoniae from bloodstream infections are resistant to carbapenems. Carbapenems are the major last

The Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America shared that a new report studying hand hygiene of healthcare workers in the emergency department found certain care situations, including bed location and type of healthcare worker performing care, resulted in poorer hand hygiene practice. The study was reported in the November issue of Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology, the journal of the Societ

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AuthorArzu Topeli Iskit, MDDirector Medical Intensive Care Unit and Division of General Internal MedicineHacettepe University Faculty of MedicineAnkara, [email protected] Procalcitonin (PCT) is a biomarker which is used extensively, both as a surrogate marker to distinguish bacterial infections from other causes of infection (such as viral infections), and to distinguish sepsis

Kees H. Polderman, MD, PhD Department of Critical Care Medicine University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Pittsburgh, U.S. [email protected],[email protected] Therapeutic temperature management is an increasingly important therapeutic intervention in critical care, particularly in patients with neurological injuries. This applies both to induced therapeutic hypothermia and fever management. It h

Robert D. Barraco, MD, MPH, FACS, FCCPChief Sections of Geriatric Trauma and Trauma Outreach [email protected] Also Chair Institutional Ethics Committee Lehigh Valley Health Network Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA Delirium was described in the first century AD by Celsus as “mental disorders such as hysteria, depression or mania, during fever or head trauma”. The word delirium comes

Advances in Mechanical Ventilation

Tom Piraino, RRT Best Practice Clinical Educator Respiratory Therapy Services St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, Ontario [email protected] Assistant Clinical Professor (Adjunct) Department of Anaesthesia (Critical Care) Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada Mechanical ventilation in the intensive care unit (ICU) is usually guided by arterial blood gases, and the

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Saïd Hachimi-Idrissi,PhD, MD, FCCM CoordinatorClinical Skills and Simulation Centre; Professor in Critical Care Medicine, Emergency Medicine and Paediatrics; Head PICU, andChairman of the Cerebral Resuscitation Research Group University Hospital of Brussels (UZ Brussels) Brussels, Belgium [email protected] ScharffEditorEditorial and Publications Section Euro

Dr. Bruce J. KimuraMedical DirectorCardiovascular UltrasoundDepartment of [email protected] Stan A. Amundson Director Internal Medicine Residency Dr. David Shaw Director Graduate Medical Education Scripps Mercy Hospital San Diego, CaliforniaAccurate First Impressions Crucial Obtaining an accurate initial diagnostic assessment is the goal of every clinic

Matrix

Robert Forsyth Bruno Raeymaekers ARCADIS Community of Practice (COP) for Data Centers [email protected] Growing IT applications are taking a central position in the functioning of any healthcare facility. Existing sites are commonly relying on older IT and technical facilities, not able to support the new and demanding requirements of tomorrow’s organisations. Cooperation with other simila

Viewpoints

Intensivists are used to describing the patient’s condition at the time of handover or when speaking to family members as stable, suggesting that nothing new has happened during the last period of clinical treatment or evaluation, usually one day. Families generally receive this information as positive news, thinking that as there has been no further deterioration, that this will give space for future imp

For this edition of ICU Management, we asked four influential leaders in critical care medicine, "What was the most important or interesting development in intensive care in 2011?" with the aim of pinpointing the hot topics in critical care and emergency medicine during the year just past, and identifying trends for the future. Each contributor provided a different and important viewpoint that identifies k

For this edition of ICU Management, we asked four influential leaders in critical care medicine, "What was the most important or interesting development in intensive care in 2011?" with the aim of pinpointing the hot topics in critical care and emergency medicine during the year just past, and identifying trends for the future. Each contributor provided a different and important viewpoint that identifies k

Prof. Dr. Dominique Vandijck Dept. of Public Health and Health Economics Dept. of General Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases Ghent University Hospital Ghent, Belgium Dept. of Health Economics and Patient Safety Hasselt University Hasselt, Belgium For years, some have tried to deny their value, but today we can no longer ignore the increasing importance of applying measures to monitor

Interview

Zlatina Alexieva, MD Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine Military Medical Academy Sofia, Bulgaria Nikolay Petrov, MD Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine Military Medical Academy Sofia, Bulgaria The accession of Bulgaria as a member of the European Union in 2007, has meant that in recent years, there is an increasing drive to reset Bulgaria’s healthca

Nikolay Petrov, MD Associate Professor Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Meicine Military Medical Academy Sofia, Bulgaria [email protected] Also, President of Society of Anaesthesiologists in Bulgaria President of BULSPEN (Bulgarian Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition) Stefan Bakalov, MD Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Meicine Military Medical Academy Sofia, Bu


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