Author Jean-Louis Vincent Head, Department of Intensive Care, Erasme Hospital Free University of Brussels, Belgium As critical care specialists, we are faced with strong physical and emotional challenges every day. The work in the intensive care unit (ICU) demands a constant high level of undivided concentration and a physical ability to stay alert for many hours. We are faced daily with nu

News and Innovations

www.viasyshc.com Having previously led the respiratory diagnostics and critical care businesses within VIASYS, Ed Pulwer has taken the position of Group President, VIASYS NeuroCare, announced the company. Randy H. Thurman, President and CEO, commented, “Ed has proven himself to be an outstanding leader who delivers on his commitments in product development, sales and marketing, and operational and

www.viasyshc.com VIASYS Respiratory Care received the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) Zenith Award for the fifth time at the 52nd Annual International Respiratory Congress held in Las Vegas, Nevada. The AARC established the Zenith Award program in 1989 to honor respiratory care product and service providers for exemplary service. Candidates for the award are judged by criteria, inclu

www.mediccleanair.com MedicCleanAir recently presented its renovated website, based on the company’s years of experience in Infection Control. The website offers information about different airborne problems and their solutions. Attention is particularly drawn to the New Generation Mobile HEPA Units with computerized hygiene controls.

www.maquet.com Maquet Critical Care announced that it has received 510 (K) clearance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market the company’s SERVO-I ventilator with the NAVA (Neutrally Adjusted Ventilatory Assist) option. According to Maquet, NAVA is a new approach to mechanical ventilation which allows the patient’s respiratory center to control the ventilator, thereby improving s

www.hamilton-medical.com/new The novel Ventilation Cockpit announced by HAMILTON MEDICAL is designed to reduce complexity and to promote safer ventilation. It is unique to the new HAMILTON-G5 intelligent ventilator to be introduced during the ISICEM in Brussels (27-30, March). The Ventilation Cockpit presents data in an unprecedented combination. The goal is to improve situational awareness at

www.who.int A new international Task Force was launched under the auspices of the Global Health Workforce Alliance (GHWA) in order to tackle the global shortage of health workers, announced the World Health Organization (WHO). The new Task Force will advocate the need for significantly increased investment in the education and training of health workers in developing countries, and will build interna

Cover Story:Burnout in Care

Authors Dr Ritu Gupta, FCA RCSI Specialist Registrar in Anaesthesia Dr Julian Bion, FRCP FRCA MD Reader in Intensive Care Medicine Dr Alfred White, FRCP Consultant Psychiatrist University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust & University of Birmingham, UK [email protected] We have undertaken a literature review based on 55 publications of occupational stress and burnout, wit

Carol S. North, MD, MPE2,4,5 Barry A. Hong, PHD6 Paul E. Pepe, MD, MPH1,3,4 The School of Public of Health (1) and the Departments of Psychiatry (2),Medicine(3), and Surgery-/Division of Emergency Medicine (4) at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; the North Texas Veterans Administration Health Care System( 5), Dallas, TX; and the Washington University School of Medicine Depa

Authors Ronald Pauldine, MD Assistant Professor Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine Johns Hopkins Bayview, Medical Center, Baltimore Todd Dorman, MD, FCCM Associate Professor Department of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore [email protected] Introduction Burnout syndrome is a psychological respon

Matrix Features

Authors Harry Kertscho1 Jens Meier1 Bernhard Zwissler1 Oliver Habler2 1) Clinic of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Control, Johann Wolfgang Goethe University Hospital, Frankfurt/Main, Germany 2) Clinic of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine, Nordwest-Krankenhaus, Frank-furt/Main, Germany [email protected] Introduction A massive blood loss is

Author Mart Geraerts Senior Consultant: Indoor Air Quality in Medical Facilities Economist: Walsberghe NV - Europe [email protected] It is a known fact that tuberculosis, aspergillus, chicken pox, measles and MRSA-containing particles float around in the indoor air of most hospitals. Numerous publications on hospital hygiene confirm this state of affairs. H5N1 might join them in the near future.

Product Comparison: Ventilators, Intensive Care

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Authors Vitaly Herasevich, MD, PhD Research Fellow Ognjen Gajic, MD, MSc Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA [email protected] Advances in medical informatics and widespread implementation of electronic medical records facilitate the implementation of evidence-bas

Authors LTC Kurt W Grathwohl, MD, FS, FCCP Anesthesiology Service Department of Surgery Brooke Army Medical Center Fort Sam Houston, USA [email protected] MAJ Jason Adyellote, MD Anesthesiology Service Brooke Army Medical Center and Department of Surgery Fort Sam Houston, USA Charles Wade, PhD Anesthesiology Service United States Army Institute of Surgical Research

Views & Interviews

Dr. Vazquez de Anda is the Coordinator of Critical Care Medicine at ISSEMYM Medical Center, Toluca, Mexico – a publicly funded, high-care, specialty, university/teaching hospital with approximately 28,000 patients per year. In this interview with Amanda Heggestad, Dr. Vazquez de Anda shares his experiences and vision for the future of management of critical care. Can You Briefly Describe Your Profes

Country Focus: Australia

Author Jeffrey Braithwaite, PhD Director Centre for Clinical Governance Research, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia Professor School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South, Wales, Sydney, Australia [email protected] Introduction To understand the Australian healthcare system requires a conside

Author Ken Hillman Head Division of Critical Care, South Western Sydney Clinical School, Sydney, Australia [email protected] Introduction Intensive care is a separately recognized specialty in Australia with specific post-graduate training and qualifications, which do not require prior specialty qualifications. This has led to a high-profile presence of the specialty in most Aus

Author Dr Arthas Flabouris, FJFICM Staff Specialist Intensive Care Unit, Royal Adelaide Hospital Clinical Lecturer, University of Adelaide Adelaide, Australia [email protected] This article outlines some of the challenges and opportunities for the Australian intensive care environment for the next 10 years. Introduction Significant gains are expected from current and fut

Author Ken Hillman Head Division of Critical Care South Western Sydney, Clinical School, Sydney, Australia [email protected] One of the important challenges for intensive care in Australia and, for that matter, in many other countries, is how we deal with the increasing number of patients being managed in intensive care for the last hours or days of life. Initially, intensive ca

Authors John A Myburgh PhD, FANZCA, FJFICM Chairman Simon R Finfer FRCP, FRCA, FJFICM Immediate Past Chairman Rinaldo Bellomo MD, FRACP, FJFICM Inaugural Chairman, ANZICS Clinical Trials Group Carlton, Australia Introduction The specialty of intensive care medicine in Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) is regarded as one of the most advanced in the world. This reputation has deve

Congress Previews

Author Jennifer M Hunter, MB ChB PhD FRCA Chairman Scientific Programme Committee, ESA University Department of Anaesthesia Clinical Sciences, Liverpool, UK [email protected] Euroanaesthesia 2007 takes ESA members to the beautifully elegant Bavarian city of Munich for the first time this year. From June 9-12, 2007, this glorious city will host the ESA annual meeting. The German Society of

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