Editorial

Thank you to all of you who kindly supported the launch of ICU Management. Over 2000 copies of the first issue were circulated during the ESICM congress in Berlin last year, where the journal was warmly received by professionals from all disciplines related to intensive care.   ICU Management aims to disseminate information on the management, organization and implementation of...

A uthor Jean-Louis Vincent, Head, Department of Intensive Care, Erasme Hospital, Free University of Brussels, Belgium   This year, the ISICEM is celebrating its 25th anniversary! Twenty-five years ago, in a university building, 200 doctors and 5 faculty members met for the very first ISICEM. The concept was that the meeting would promote intensive care...

Europe

A uthor Helicia Herman Editor European Affairs   C orrespondence [email protected] Concerns voiced before the EU Clinical Trials Directive (2001/20/EC) came into force are rising regarding the potential threat the Directive poses to non-commercial clinical trials.   Introduction In May 2001 the EU Directive 2001/20/EC im

Ethical Practices in Clinical Trials Author Henry J. Silverman, MD, MA Department of Medicine University of Maryland School of Medicine Baltimore, MD Correspondence [email protected] medicine.umaryland.edu   This article describes the lack of specification of the European Union’s (EU) Clinical Trials...

C ontact Carol Seroussi Hospital Products manager Manuëla Leurent European Marketing Communication Planner Respironics International W ebsite www.respironics.com. medicine.umaryland.edu Correspondence [email protected]   The efficacy of noninvasive ventilation is largely d...

News and Innovations

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Cover Story:Ethics

A uthor Robert D. Truog,MD Division of Medical Ethics, Harvard Medical School Boston, MA, USA Division of Critical Care Medicine Children’s Hospital Boston, MA, USA C orrespondance [email protected]   What should be done when patients and families demand futile care? Recent advances in American...

A uthor N. Zamperetti, MD, PhD Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine San Bortolo Hospital, Vicenza, Italy   C orrespondance [email protected]   Managing the request of an ICU patient to forgo intensive supports can be extremely difficult. Keeping different decision levels distinct, evalu

A uthor Tom Woodcock, MB.BS M.Phil FRCA Director, General Intensive Care Unit and Chair Clinical Ethics Group Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust   Professor Woodcock provides thought-provoking case studies to help train intensivists on how to handle the sometimes complex legal and ethical issues affecting decisions over patient privacy.  

A uthors C. D. Gomersall MBBS G.M. Joynt MBBCh Dept of Anaesthesia & Intensive Care The Chinese University of Hong Kong Prince of Wales Hospital, Shatin, Hong Kong W ebsite www.cuhk.edu.hk/med/ans/med_ans.htm   C orrespondence [email protected]   This article discusse

Features

A uthors Frank Martin Brunkhorst, MD Konrad Reinhart , MD for the SepNet Investigators Dept of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine Friedrich-Schiller-University, Jena, Germany   C orrespondence [email protected]   Drs Brunkhorst and Reinhart provide an update on the SepNet infr

Product Comparison

A uthors Jan Poelaert, MD, PhD International Research Centre and Cardiac Centre Ghent University, Belgium   Guido Schüpfer, MD, MBA HSG Institut für Anästhesie, Kantonsspital Luzern   C orrespondence [email protected]   The design of studies to measure the costs of blood gas analysi

Introduction ECRI is a totally independent non profit research agency designated as a Collaborating Centre of the World Health Organization (WHO). Such organizations are appointed to contribute to WHO's public health mission by providing specialized knowledge, expertise, and support in the health field to the WHO and its member nations.   Established as an Emergency Care Research...

Management

A uthors Alexander Wilmer , MD, PhD Wouter Meersseman , MD Dirk Delva SW Johan Bruggeman RN Medical Intensive Care Unit UZ Gasthuisberg Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium   C orrespondence [email protected]   Professor Wilmer and his colleagues report a study showing

A uthors J.-M. Boles MD A. Boumediene MD L. Dy, MD E. L’Her, MD A. Renault, MD   A ffiliation Medical Intensive Care Unit, University Hospital Hôpital de la Cavale Blanche Brest Cedex, France   C orrespondence [email protected]   O

A uthor G. Iapichino Istituto di Anestesiologia e Rianimazione dell’Università degli Studi di Milano Azienda Ospedaliera – Polo Universitario San Paolo, Milano, Italy   C orrespondence [email protected]   A cknowledgement I am deeply indebted to Dinis Reis Miranda, Danilo Radrizzani

Points of View

Authors J. Albers, MD PhD ICU Head C.-F. Vahl MD PhD Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department Head Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, Germany   Correspondence [email protected]   G. Van den Berghe , MD PhD Director of the Department of Surgical Intensive Care University Hospital, Gasthui

A uthor Jukka Takala, MD, PhD Professor of Intensive Care Medicine, Director and Chief Physician, Clinic of Intensive Care Medicine, University Hospital Bern (Inselspital) Bern, Switzerland   C orrespondence [email protected]   In response to the preceding comments by Professor Van den Berghe, Dr Albers and

Trends

Researcher and head of intensive care at Haukeland University Hospital, Professor Hans Flaatten believes that two goals essential to quality intensive care are good intra- and inter-team cooperation and respect, and constantly implementing the latest research findings into intensive care guidelines and practice. Introduction Professor Hans Flaatten has been the Medical Director of t...

Country Focus: France

The French healthcare system is one of the most advanced but also most expensive in Europe. A major review of the health system in 1996 introduced new regulations aimed at limiting the growth of health expenditure. These regulations led to much tighter government controls of public and private hospitals, as well as ambulatory care services, to rationalize the supply of health care.   The...

Authors Pierre-Edouard Bollaert Service de Réanimation médicale, Hôpital Central Nancy Cedex , France on the behalf of the Société de Réanimation de Langue Française Claude Martin Département d’Anesthésie- Réanimation Centre de Traumatologie, Marseille Cedex, France on the behalf of the Société Française d’Anesthésie- Réanimation  ...

Société Française d’Anesthésie-Réanimation The aims of this state-approved Society have been to study, promote and teach anaesthesia and intensive care since 1991, and additionally since 1998 to promote safety in all procedures carried out by intensivists and anaesthetists. Activities of the Society include: • the organization of scientific meetings, national congresses, consensus and...

Congress

Authors European Society of Intensive Care Medicine Rui Moreno, MD Chairman of the Division of Scientific Affairs & Chairman of the Congress Committee Dermot Phelan FJFICM, FFARCSI Chairman of the Division of Professional Development & Chairman of the Education and Training Committee   Website www.esicm.org Cor


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