Author Jean-Louis Vincent Head, Department of Intensive Care, Erasme Hospital Free University of Brussels, Belgium   Critical care has traditionally been administered through intensive care units and emergency departments attached to a hospital. In this setting, intensivists, nurses and other medical specialists work together, side by side, to treat the critically ill. But medical emerge

News and Innovations

WHO: Workforce Crisis Endangers Healthcare www.who.int The World Health Organization (WHO) announced in its World Health Report 2006 that a serious shortage of trained healthcare professionals is severely limiting the life-saving services available in 57 countries around the world, 36 of which are in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the report, this shortage, in conjunction with inadequate medical t

ASPE Releases First-Ever Treatment Guidelines for Diabetic Peripheral Neuropathic Pain www.paineducators.org   The American Society of Pain Educators (ASPE) published consensus guidelines for the treatment of diabetic peripheral neuropathic pain in the April issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.This is the first set of guidelines ever released on this medical condition. The guidelines are intende

IARS Research Awards www.iars.org   Deadlines for 2007 International Anaesthesia Research Society (IARS) research award applications are rapidly approaching. Applications for the 2007 IARS Clinical Scholar Research Awards are due June 5, 2006. This annual award, of up to $80,000 is intended to fund clinical investigations that enhance the understanding of clinical practice in anesthesiology

Cover Story:Mobility in Care

Author Neil A. Halpern,, MD, FCCM Chief of Critical Care Medicine Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, USA Professor of Clinical Medicine Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, USA [email protected]   Wireless technology offers a viable opportunity to make ICUs more mobile and introduces new possibi

Authors Jon Fuerstenberg, MD Department of Surgery University of Minnesota Minneapolis, USA   Greg Beilman, MD Department of Surgery University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA Jon Fuerstenberg [email protected]   This article is an overview of the role of Forward Surgical Teams in support of American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.   Introduction As of Feb

Authors Elizabeth Bridges, PhD RN CCNS, Lt Col USAFR NC University of Washington School of Nursing, Seattle, USA Clinical Investigations Facility, Travis AFB, USA Joseph Schmelz, PhD RN, Lt Col USAF NC (Ret) Karen Evers, MSN RN, Lt Col, USAF NC (Ret) D. Johnson PhD RN, Col USAFR NC (Ret) Marla De Jong, PhD RN, Lt Col USAF NC 59th Clinical Research Squadron, Lackland AFB USA Elizabeth

Authors Scott A. Dulchavsky, MD, PhD David S. Kwon, MD Henry Ford Health Systems, Department of Surgery, Detroit, USA Douglas R. Hamilton, MD, PhD Ashot E. Sargsyan, MD Shannon Melton, BSc Wyle Laboratories, Houston, USA Scott A. Dulchavsky [email protected]   Remote delivery of critical care is a feasible option with the advancement of remote guidance and telementoring tech

Matrix Features

Ventilated PatientsAuthors R. Ferrer A. Navas A. Artigas Critical Care Center, Sabadell Hospital, Parc Tauli University Institute, Barcelona Autonomous University, Spain Ricard Ferrer [email protected]   Ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) still remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality from hospital-acquired infections. Antibiotic strategies for VAP prevention includ

Author M.Claire McManus, Pharm.D. Pharmacy Department, Caritas St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Boston, USA [email protected]   At Caritas St Elizabeth’s Medical Center, a multidisciplinary care group successfully devised and implemented a Sepsis Protocol for the hospital. Medical, pharmacy and nursing health professionals were involved in all facets of the process, from construc

Authors Viviane CHALHOUB*, MD, Resident Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Hôpital de l’Hôtel-Dieu, Beirut, Lebanon Dan BENHAMOU MD, Professor and Chairman Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Hôpital de Bicêtre, Cedex, France   This article reviews the need to improve pain management for ICU patients. Regular evaluation of pain using scales adapted to the pati

Author MariamA. Al-Ansari,  MD, FRCSI Consultant Intensivist, Salmaniya Medical Complex Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Bahrain [email protected]   Airway management in obstetric patients carries significant risk of complications.   Introduction The potential need to manipulate the airway is perhaps the leading cause of concern in pregnant patients (Chadwick et

Product Comparison: Multigas Monitors

Introduction This product comparison covers stand-alone and modular multiple medical gas monitors (MMGMs) that can determine concentrations of aesthetic and respiratory gases (oxygen [O2], nitrous oxide [N2O], carbon dioxide [CO2] and halogenated agents) in the patient breathing circuit during anaesthesia. MMGMs continuously sample and measure inspired and expired (end-tidal) concentrations of respira

ECRI Europe Weltech Centre Ridgeway Welwyn Garden City Herts AL7 2AA, United Kingdom Tel. +44 (0)1707 871511 Fax. +44 (0)1707 393138 [email protected] www.ecri.org.uk 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 providin


Author Michael Imhoff, MD PhD Department for Medical Informatics, Biometrics and Epidemiology, Ruhr-University Bochum, Germany [email protected] Secondary analysis of patient-related data from clinical information systems offers potential for ICU management support, quality and cost improvements. Dr. Imhoff discusses processes and examples of Clinical Information System (CIS) data analys

Authors Ronald Pauldine ,MD, Fellow Todd Dorman, MD, FCCM Associate Professor Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA Todd Dorman [email protected]   Effective communication is key when working with ICUpatients’ family members   Introduction Effective communication with the family members of cr

Authors Christina Jones, BSc, MPhil, PhD, Dip, Couns Nurse Consultant Critical Care Follow-up, Intensive Care Unit, Whiston Hospital, Prescot, UK & Intensive Care Research Group, Dept. of Medicine, University of Liverpool, UK [email protected]   Christina Jones discusses the ways in which nursing research, with its emphasis on holistic care of the patient, can enhance patie

Views and Interviews

Author Peter Angood, , MD, FRCS(C) FACS FCCM Vice-President & Chief Patient Safety Officer Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations Chief Patient Safety Officer & Co-Director Joint Commission International Center for Patient Safety [email protected]   Dr. Peter Angood served as the President for the Society of Critical Care Medicine from January 2005 to Jan

EU Focus

Author Sonja Planitzer Editor European Affairs   The Court of Justice of the European Communities (“the Court” or ECJ) is the judicial institution of the European Union (EU). It was originally established under the European Coal and Steel Community in 1952 and is based in Luxemburg. The Court upholds the Treaties of the EU and ensures that EU legislation is interpreted, applied and enfo

EU Ban on Measuring Instruments Containing Mercury. The EU Commission intends to introduce a ban on the use of measuring equipment containing mercury. The proposal is part of the EU’s strategy on mercury to reduce the amount of toxic mercury which ends up in waste disposal sites. Until now, individual EU States have worked to different regulations. The EU will now set out clear guidelines governing

Country Focus:Spain

Author Juan Roca Guiseris, MD President of Spanish Society Critical Care and Coronary Units (SEMICYUC) Critical Care and Emergency Department Hospital Universitario Virgen de las Nieves, Granada, Spain [email protected]   This article presents a description of the Spanish National Health System.   Spain: General Information Spain occupies 505,182 km2 and

Author Dr Gumersindo Gonzalez Diaz Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos, Hospital Universitario Morales Meseguer, Murcia, Spain [email protected]   This article describes the development of intensive care medicine in Spain as a primary speciality and its specific, five-year training programme, initiated in 1979.   Introduction The idea of grouping critical patients in

Authors Gilberto Alonso Fernández,  M.D. Regional Chief. Catalan Emergency Medical System Fernando García Alfranca, M.D. Director. Catalan Emergency Medical System Antonio Artigas Raventós,  M.D, Ph. D. Director. Critical Care Department Sabadell Hospital, Spain   The Catalan Medical Emergency System (SEM) is thirty years old. Demographic and socio-economical chan

Authors Francisco Baigorri,  MD, PhD Head Intermediate Care Unit Critical Care Center, Hospital de Sabadell – University Institute Parc Taulí, Autonomous University of Barcelona Sabadell, Spain   Antonio Artigas, MD, PhD Professor University Institute Parc Taulí, Autonomous University of Barcelona Director Critical Care Center Hospital de Sabadell – University Institu

Congress Previews

Author Dr Andrew Rhodes Chair, Division of Scientific Affairs, ESICM [email protected]   Dr. Rhodes previews the interaction, learning and dissemination of scientific knowledge offered by the ESICM’s annual Congress in September.   This year, the 19th annual congress of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) will take place at the Barcelona International Con

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