Editorial

Author Jean-Louis Vincent Head, Department of Intensive Care, Erasme Hospital Free University of Brussels, Belgium   Information technology has ‘invaded’ the intensive care unit at an astonishing rate over the last few years. Hand-held personal digital assistants (PDAs), patient databases, and clinical information systems are now widely used in many units, and...

News and Innovations

Author Kirstie Edwards, BSc MA MISTC C orrespondence [email protected]   Avian Influenza Action Plans A global meeting between the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the World Organisation for Animal Health and the World Bank, held 7-9 November 2005, defined an action plan to control avian in...

Author Rory Watson EU Correspondent C orrespondence [email protected]   While preparation for the 7th European Framework research programme is currently under way, Euro MPs have called on the European Commission (EC) to stop financing stem cell research.   The EC is resisting attempts by a large group of Euro MPs to prevent EU financing of

Cover Story:Care with IT

A uthors Johan Decruyenaere MD, PhD, Director Kirsten Colpaert , MD Dept of Intensive Care Medicine, Ghent University Hospital, Belgium C orrespondence [email protected]   Drs Decruyenaere and Colpaert review the impact of information technology on intensive care practice and the need for computer supported...

A uthor Paul Vespa, MD Associate Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA University of California, Los Angeles   Dr Vespa writes on the benefits of Robotic Telepresence based on practical experience at UCLA Neurointensive Care Unit.   The Problem Providing timely and routine attending-level exp

A uthors JR Raja , MD BK Abraham , MD, MRCP N Ramakrishnan AB (Int Med), AB (Crit Care) MMM, FACP, FCCP Department of Critical Care Medicine, Apollo Hospitals, Chennai, India   Dr Raja and colleagues explain the potential of telemedicine for critical care in India, the obstacles to its implementation and how these are currently...

A uthor Stephen E. Lapinsky MB BCh, MSc, FRCPC Technology Application Unit & Intensive Care Unit Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Canada   Handheld computing technology has the potential to become an important component of integrated information management systems for intensive care. These devices provide a portable platform for point-of-care clinical r...

A uthors On behalf of the NICE foundation P.M. Benner , MD N.F. de Keizer , PhD D.G.T. Arts , PhD R.J. Bosman , MD W ebsite www.stichting-nice.org   Dr Benner and colleagues describe the online version of the Dutch National IC Evaluation (NICE) registry, which allows real time data analysis and retrieval for benchmarking....

A uthors Bernd Hartmann , MD Rainer Röhrig , MD Axel Junger MD, PhD, MBA Department of Anesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine, and Pain Therapy, University Hospital, Giessen, Germany   Keyboards in ICUs may serve as reservoirs for microorganisms, which may be transferred via the hands of personnel to patients causing nosocomial...

Matrix Features: Nephrology & Respiratory

A uthors John. A. Kellum , MD Ramesh Venkataraman MD The CRISMA Laboratory (Clinical Research, Investigation, and Systems Modeling of Acute Illness) Department of Critical Care Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, USA Correspondence [email protected]   Drs Kellum and Venkataraman review the evidence on timing of...

A uthors Richard Ferrer Ana Navas Antonio Artigas Critical Care Centre, Sabadell Hospital Parc Tauli University Institute, Barcelona Autonomous University. Spain C orrespondence [email protected]   The appropriate use of prevention strategies for ventilator-associated pneumonia can reduce morbidity and mortality and costs associated with this nos...

Product Comparison:Ventilators

A uthors Salvatore Grasso Dipartimento dell’Emergenza e Trapianti d’Organo (DETO), Sezione di Anestesiologia e Rianimazione, Ospedale Policlinico, Bari, Italy   V Marco Ranieri Università di Torino, Dipartimento di Anestesiologia e Rianimazione Ospedale S. Giovanni Battista- Molinette, Torino   Professor Ranieri and Dr Gras

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Management

Professor Flaatten explains how design can affect patient outcome, and reports data collected from a temporary ICU set-up during reconstruction of his ICU at Haukeland University. Does design matter? Intuitively most intensivists would probably answer yes to this question, given the experience we all have from various designs and functions in our daily life. Anyone who has tried to use a...

A uthor Todd Dorman, MD, FCCM Ronald Pauldine MD, Fellow Johns Hopkins University [email protected]   Recent research is informing on the impact of poor communication skills in intensive care practice. Dr Todd Dorman reviews the sources and consequences of ineffective communication and recommends corrective strategies.  

A uthors Maureen Ben-Nun , RN Sergio Konichezk , MD Yael Polishuk , RN MA Kaplan Medical Centre, Rehovot, Israel Julie Benbenishty , RN Hadassah Medical Centre Jerusalem   Maureen Ben-Nun and her colleagues have researched, developed and implemented a protocol for the care and respect of the bodies of de...

A uthor Julie Benbenishty RN BA ICU, Hadassah Medical Organization Jerusalem, Israel C orrespondence [email protected]   Nursing research can improve patient care and outcome, promote professional growth and help avoid staff burnout. In this article, Julie Benbenishty describes the steps from asking a research question to...

A uthors Thomas Owen MBBCh, FRCA. Specialist Registrar in Anaesthesia & Intensive Care, North West Deanery, UK   Andrew Smith FRCA, MRCP (UK), Royal Lancaster Infirmary , UK C orrespondence [email protected]   Evidence-based medicine (EBM) ha

Views and Interviews

A uthor Geoff Bellingan Clinical Director, Critical Care Unit University College Hospital, London C orrespondance [email protected]   Dr Bellingan presents his viewpoint on the isolation of MRSA patients in intensive care.   Overview There is little unanimity in the management of MRSA. I believe that we must use the best e

I nterviewee Jacques-Andre Romand Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Department of Anaesthesiology, Pharmacology and Surgical Intensive Care, Geneva, University Hospital C orrespondence [email protected]   Jacques-Andre Romand shares his management experiences from a surgical intensive care unit (SICU).   In

EU Focus: Institution Series

A uthor Helicia Herman Editor European Affairs C orrespondence [email protected]   Overview The European Parliament (EP) represents the interests of the people of the European Union Member States. The President directs all activities of the Parliament and acts as its representative. Since 1979 its members, (MEPs), have been directly el...

A uthors Helicia Herman Editor European Affairs Sonja Planitzer Editor European Affairs C orrespondence [email protected]   Helicia Herman and Sonja Planitzer explain what an MEP can do for you, how to reach the right person, how to prepare for lobbying, and present advice from MEP Karl-Heinz Florenz.   Lobbying Y

A uthor Richard Corbett Party of the European Socialists (PES) C orrespondence [email protected] W ebsite http://europa.eu.int/comm/commission_barroso/kallas/transparency_en.htm   Richard Corbett describes the role of an MEP, and in particular how this compares to the role of an MP. He is spokesperson for the...

Country Focus:UK

A uthor Kim Sutherland Senior Research Associate Judge Business School University of Cambridge C orrespondence [email protected]   Dr Kim Sutherland, co-author of “The Quest for Quality in the NHS: a chartbook on quality of care in the UK” (2005), describes the infrastructure of the NHS in England.   The National Hea

A uthors Bob Winter Honorary Secretary Saxon Ridley Immediate Past President On behalf of the UK Intensive Care Society C orrespondence [email protected] Website www.ics.ac.uk   Drs Ridley and Winter present the facts on intensive care in the UK.   Bearing in mind the problems with the

A uthor Kathryn Rowan Ph.D, Director, ICNARC, London, UK C orrespondence [email protected] W ebsite www.icnarc.org A cknowledgements ICNARC is an independent, charitable company. Established in 1994, through an initial two-year grant from the UK government, it is now self-financing.  ...

A uthor Dr Peter Royle, MBBS FRCA MBA Consultant in Anaesthesia and Critical Care Anaesthetic Department, University Hospital of North Tees, UK C orrespondence [email protected]   Dr Peter Royle explains the activities of the Adult Critical Care Stakeholder Forum in the UK, and its most recent project “Quality Critica...

A uthor Christine Bates, MBChB MRCPath Department of Microbiology, Royal Hallamshire Hospital Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust Sheffield, UK C orrespondence [email protected]   This article outlines the current UK strategy for combating MRSA at a national and local level.   The preval

A uthor Sarah Bateman RGN, Dip(HE)MNS, Senior Sister, Critical Care Outreach Team, Southampton University Hospitals Trust, UK C orrespondence [email protected]   A cknowledgements Thank you to the Critical Care Outreach Team at SUHT for their support with this article.   Sar

Congress Previews

A uthor Jean-Louis Vincent Head, Department of Intensive Care, Erasme Hospital, Free University of Brussels, Belgium.   Professor Jean-Louis Vincent presents a flavour of the programme for the 26th International Symposium of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine.   The 26th International Symposium of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine will be held

A uthors Antonio Artigas Critical Care Centre, Sabadell Hospital University Institute Parc Taulí Sabadell Spain   Jean Carlet Intensive Care Department Hôpital St. Joseph, Paris France   Michael Niederman Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine Winthrop University Hospital Minneola New York USA


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