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Music Therapy Has a Role in the ICU

Let's go and switch on the music, say the authors of a review of music therapy for intensive care unit (ICU) patients. Ali Mofredj and colleagues... Read more

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How useful is multi-organ point-of-care ultrasound?

A review article in the Journal of Intensive Care outlines the role and usefulness of symptom-based and sign-oriented multi-organ point-of-care... Read more

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Study: Ward Nurses Key to Reduced Sepsis Deaths

Simple measures introduced at ward level reduced deaths from sepsis by nearly half, in a study at Levanger Hospital in Nord-Trøndelag, Norway.The... Read more

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Procalcitonin Testing Associated with Lower Costs, Length of Stay

Procalcitonin (PCT) is increasingly used in health services to diagnose and manage sepsis, and is authorised for use for this purpose in the... Read more

Implementing Antimicrobial-Stewardship Programme in ICUs

Antimicrobial resistance is a major healthcare challenge, especially in the intensive care unit (ICU) as ICU patients are more susceptible to... Read more

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Wikipedia defines intensive care medicine as a branch of medicine concerned with the diagnosis and management of life-threatening conditions requiring sophisticated organ support and invasive monitoring. 1 To this, I would add the line ‘for the patient’s benefit’ since this alters the above definition fundamentally.    Intensive care is an all-encompassing... Read more

What would you single out as a career highlight?Combining my loves of medicine and art to create a colouring book about the brain, entitled 'A Journey Through the Brain'. This was a collaboration with the very creative and intelligent Prof David Cotter and Prof Mary Cannon at the Department of Psychiatry in RCSI.If you had not chosen this career path... Read more

Zoom On Professor John B. West   Professor John B. West is a renowned respiratory physiologist and researcher. He joined the faculty of the University of California San Diego in 1969, where he still teaches first-year medical students. He is author of Respiratory physiology - the essentials, which has been translated into many languages, and is now... Read more

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High-End Transport Ventilation Around the World

2015 28 Oct

Interview with Georg Keunecke of FAI rent-a-jet AG on the global use of the HAMILTON-T1 as an ICU transport ventilator. Georg Keunecke is the Chief Flight Paramedic and Representative for Medical Devices with FAI rent-a-jet AG (dba Flight Ambulance International). Headquartered at the Nuremberg International Airport, the company serves a wide range... Read more

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Clinical And Economic Effects Of The i-Stat POCT Solution

2016 09 Dec

INTRODUCTION   In Germany, emergency departments (EDs) often suffer from overcrowding, which may lead to stressful working conditions, increased risks for patients and costs for additional staff, as well as for investments in equipment. Furthermore, overcrowding has the potential to extend patient waiting times, in some cases rising up to 6 hours and... Read more

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Establishment of Ambulatory Emergency Services at James Paget University Hospital

2016 09 Dec

INTRODUCTION   A study of emergency admissions in England found that over a quarter of admissions did not require an overnight stay (length of stay [LoS] of zero).1  This suggests that many emergency patients could benefit from ambulatory emergency care (AEC).1   Fundamental to AEC is the identification and management of patients with acute medical... Read more

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