Authors Jean-Louis Vincent, Head, Department of Intensive Care, Erasme Hospital, Free University of Brussels, Belgium. Christian Marolt, Publisher, CEO of Euromedical Communications SA Dear Reader, This is the first edition of ICU-Management. It has been produced in response to the intense interest shown by readers of Hospital Critical Care over the last three years in the practical and managem

News: Congress

Authors R. Moreno, M.D. Chairman of the Division of Scientific Affairs Chairman of the Congress Committee of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine D. Phelan, FJFICM, FFARCSI Chairman of the Division of Professional Development Chairman of the Education and Training Committee of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine Summary Dr Moreno previews the comprehensive scient

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Clinical Decision-Making Contact: Spacelabs Medical: Tiina Tukia, Director Corporate Communications [email protected] www.imd-soft.com iM Dsoft: Anne Belkin, Communications Manager [email protected] www.spacelabs.com Spacelabs Medical and iM Dsoft announced on June 7, 2004 a joint sales and marketing arrangement to offer cutting-edge solutions for rapid informed decision-mak

Contact: Teleflex Corporate Communications 155 South Limerick, PA 19468 USA Telephone (+1)-610-948-5100 Fax: (+1)-610-948-0811 www.teleflex.com Limerick, PA – Teleflex lncorporated (NYSE:TFX) announces the completion of the acquisition of Hudson Respiratory Care, Inc. (Hudson) a leading provider of disposable medical products for respiratory care and anaesthesia. With the completion


The Enlargement Process and Challenges for the Health Sector Author H. Herman Editor European Affairs Summary This article reviews health statistics of ten new Member States and the challenges ahead for these and the EU to achieve comparable standards in health care across Europe The accession to the European Union of ten new Member States (Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Slov

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Authors D. L. Edbrooke, F.R.C.A., N. Faulks, C. Eades, B.A., D. Negrini, B.Sc., A. F. Kettle, G. H. Mills, F.R.C.A., Ph.D. The Medical Economics and Research Centre, Sheffield, UK Summary This article describes a method of costing Intensive Care on an annual basis. This allows comparison between ICUs, which previously has not been possible. Correspondence David Edbrooke e-mail: Mer

Author J. Takala, M.D., Ph.D. Clinic of Intensive Care Medicine University Hospital Bern (Inselspital) Bern, Switzerland e-mail: [email protected] Summary Professor Takala argues the case that optimization of the processes of intensive care may allow relevant cost control without putting the quality of care at risk. Limited availability of resources and the need for cost containme


From Scientific Data and Recommendations to Clinical Practice Authors M. Königs, M.D. K.H. Polderman, M.D. Ph.D. A.R.J. Girbes, M.D., Ph.D. Department of Intensive Care University Hospital VU Medical Centre, Amsterdam Summary This article describes a management and educational strategy to increase quality of care and awareness of quality of care in healthcare workers in ICU. Following imp

Author P. Macnaughton, M.D., M.R.C.P., F.R.C.A. Intensive Care Unit, Derriford Hospital, Plymouth, UK Summary Dr Macnaughton presents the case for organisational improvements to respiratory care. Corrospondence Peter Macnaughton, e-mail [email protected] The requirement for mechanical ventilatory support is the most common reason that patients are admitted to an

Authors O. Moerer, M.D. Ph.D., H. Burchardi, M.D. Ph.D. Department of Anaesthesiology, Emergency- and Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital Göttingen, Germany Summary Doctors Moerer and Burchardi review studies into costs of sepsis and cost effectiveness of treatments, highlighting the need for more research to support future clinical and financial decision-making. Correspondence


Authors C.R.M.G. Fluit, M.D., D. Phelan, M.D., G. Ramsay, M.D., K. Brown. European Society of Intensive Care Medicine Summary Update in Education: Patient-Centred Acute Care Training (PACT) is an interactive distance learning course for the training of doctors working in intensive care and acute medicine. Correspondence Laurence Van den Bossche e-mail: [email protected] website: http:


Interviewee G. Van den Berghe, M.D., Ph.D. Head of the Department of Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital Gasthuisberg, Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium [email protected]c.be Summary Professor of Medicine at the Leuven University and Head of the Department of Intensive Care Medicine at UZ Gasthuisberg, Greet Van den Berghe is a proponent of evidence-based clinica

Interviewee L. Telci, M.D., Ph.D. Head of Multidisciplinary Intensive Care Unit, International Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey e-mail: [email protected] Summary Professor at the Medical Faculty of Istanbul University and Head of the Multidisciplinary Intensive Care Unit at the International Hospital, Istanbul, Professor Telci aims for conformity of Turkey’s ICU departments to inter

Country Focus: Germany

Author F. M. Brunkhorst, M.D., K. Reinhart, M.D. SepNet Office, Dept. of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena e- mail: [email protected] Summary A new study, the results of which are shortly to be presented at the ESICM Congress, has researched the prevalence of severe sepsis and septic shock in German ICUs. This studyis the first of

Statistics for German Intensive Care Units Although several authorities provide data to the public on health care across Europe (see later for figures on Germany) statistics on intensive care in Germany are difficult to acquire. The number of ICU departments, number of ICU beds, annual admissions and average length of stay in ICU, mortality rates and nurse to patient ratios appear to be unpublished to

Together with renowned researchers at the University of Tel Aviv in Israel, the German company AESKU is now on the trail of fresh possibilities for the diagnosis of autoimmune diseases. Autoimmune diseases are diseases of the immune system, which can affect the entire body. While the immune system normally has the task of protecting the body against infections by producing antibodies to combat foreig

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