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Prolonged Intubation and Tracheostomy in COVID-19 Survivors

Consequences and Recovery of Laryngeal Function Intubation and tracheostomy as a result of COVID-19 critical illness may result in laryngeal dysfunction, which can lead to serious consequences. This article provides assessment and rehabilitation recommendations for those working with critically

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COVID-19, Corticosteroids and the Road to Enlightenment

The use of corticosteroids for respiratory diseases has been a matter of discussion. Here, we present recent evidence of corticosteroids benefits for COVID-19, including improvements in mortality and ventilator-free days. M ore than six months riding treacherous waves in the COVID-19

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Innovations in ICU Expansion Solutions: From Tents to Modified Shipping Container Mobile Pods

This article discusses the 2020 innovations in ICU surge capacity, their benefits and challenges and how they may prevent or delay the need to enact triage criteria /decision-making in pandemic and mass casualty situations. Introduction Even though governments in many countries have

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Why Intensivists Should Participate in Home Ventilation Teams

A historical review of the birth of intensive care medicine and home mechanical ventilation; and an opinion piece on the merits of intensivists participating in home ventilation care teams. T he world is currently reeling from the ravages of COVID-19. It is still too early to know ho

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Treatment of Catecholamine Refractory Hypotension in Septic Shock: Beyond First Line Vasopressor

Hypotension during septic shock is a strong indicator of patient outcome and mortality. Arginine vasopressin is a naturally produced human hormone with vasoconstriction effect via V1 receptor activation and a short 5-20 minutes half-life and is recommended by the Surviving Sepsis Campaign guidelin

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Biomarkers and Their Impact in ICU Patient Outcomes

The laboratory plays a critical role in ensuring optimal outcomes for ICU patients. Several biomarkers are valuable in this context and can help clinicians achieve improved patient outcomes and decreased expenses for healthcare. I mproving both in-ICU and post-ICU clinical outcomes o

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The Seraph® 100: Evidence and Perspectives

An overview of the clinical application and future perspective of the Seraph® 100 haemoperfusion in critically ill patients with sepsis. Background Over the last few decades, sepsis has been spreading worldwide to such an extent that it has been declared global health priority by the

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Post-Intensive Care Syndrome - Patients and Families Need to Know They are Not Alone

In this article, we aim to summarise the current management of Post Intensive Care Syndrome (PICS) and Post-Intensive Care Syndrome – Family (PICS-F), understanding the need for continuum assessment and support throughout critical disease. Illustrating PICS People who have been adm

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The Post-ICU Patient - Management of Long-Term Impairments After Critical Illness

Survivors of critical illness and their caregivers frequently face long-term impairments of cognition, mental health, mobility and beyond, which demand for a patient-centred transition management and well-coordinated, outpatient post-ICU care. Introduction In recent years, the post-I

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Nutrition in the Post ICU Period: Where is the Evidence?

This article summarises the current nutrition evidence in the phase of recovery that occurs following critical illness. Introduction It is plausible that the importance of nutrition may differ across different phases of illness. Reflecting this, the most recently updated clinical nutri

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