ICU and Emergency

Study: Intensive Care Quick Reference Checklist Manual

Medical errors occur often and potentially harm patients. For example, in intensive care units (ICUs), adverse events are common, often owing... Read more

Excessive Blood Tests in Heart Surgery Patients Lead to Anaemia, Transfusions

According to an article published in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, laboratory testing among patients undergoing cardiac surgery can lead to... Read more

Doctors Commonly Misinterpret End-of-Life Care Documents

A pair of studies published in the Journal of Patient Safety show "significant confusion" among emergency physicians and prehospital care providers... Read more

Paediatric Cancer Patients: Quick Antibiotics Reduce Mortality

According to researchers, paediatric cancer patients who receive antibiotics within 60 minutes of reporting fever and showing neutropenia (low... Read more

Reduced Infection When Antibiotics Are Given After Trauma

A new study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma (JOT) shows that infection rates can be significantly reduced by giving patients antibiotics... Read more

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Over time, I think we are going to recognise that we can’t continue to develop or introduce new technology. Because of cost we are going have to be satisfied with the technologies that we have. I think the future of intensive care will be smaller as people get healthier. They are going to be less likely to come into intensive care units and more likely... Read more

Leland Kaiser, Hospital Futurist says, "The hospital is a human intervention and as such, can be reinvented at any time." With rapid advancement in technology and architecture, the hospitals of tomorrow are likely to be more home than hospital. The Intensive Care Unit is no different and the layout and structure of future ICUs is likely to be very different... Read more

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

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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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 Diana Lebherz-Eichinger

Omitting Routine Chest Radiographs in Intensive Care Units

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Prof. Jerry Nolan

Cardiac Arrest Management

The treatment of cardiac arrest has made significant progress over the...

Prof. Gernot Marx

Telemedicine is the Future

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Prof. Jean-Louis Vincent

The Brain

Treatment of neurological illnesses and complications in the intensive...

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Why is Drug Traceability Important in a Hospital?

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Rationalising Standard Laboratory Measurements

Laboratory measurements are widely used in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)....

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