ICU and Emergency
Douglas White, MD, MAS - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Divergent Views on Prognosis Between Doctors and Surrogate Decision-Makers

Surrogate decision makers for intensive care patients may misunderstand information given about the patient’s prognosis. Commonly, this misperception... Read more

Stock library image of patient in an ICU, image credit: American Thoracic Society

Are Nighttime Extubations More Risky?

A study presented at the American Thoracic Society (ATS) 2016 International Conference in San Francisco today has found that overnight extubation... Read more

Patient receiving helmet-based ventilation (image credit: University of Chicago Medical Center)

Helmet-Based Ventilation Had Better Results than Facemask for ARDS Patients

Results of a trial of helmet-based ventilation have shown that using a transparent air-tight helmet instead of a facemask helped critically ill... Read more

Stock photo, doctor talking to a man and woman, credit American Thoracic Society

Caregiver Stress - Palliative Care Consults Don’t Help More than Usual High Quality Care

Research presented at the American Thoracic Society 2016 international conference showed that support from palliative care specialists did... Read more

X-ray showing ventilator-associated pneumonia (credit: American Thoracic Society)

Closer Collaboration Between Nurses and Physicians May Minimise VAP Risk

Greater collaboration between ICU nursing and medicine could help to minimise ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), according to a study that... Read more

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Insights from the PARAMEDIC2 trial and future improvements Perkins et al. have advanced the long-awaited PARAMEDIC2 trial (Perkins et al. 2018). They deserve to be congratulated for such a well-interpreted and well-designed contribution. The study’s two main outcomes are as follows: the Epinephrine group had a significantly improved inpatient survival... Read more

Human factors are a well recognised cause of discrepancies in patient care that can lead to adverse outcomes. In a busy Emergency Department (ED) setting, when dealing with the sickest patients at all hours and with a rotating workforce, there is an increased potential for inconsistent care despite clear evidence based protocols and guidelines on... Read more

As a nurse working in intensive care I have moments in which emotions get much deeper than expected. My own vulnerability is confronting. Do I lose control or do I experience the essence of my job as a nurse? Kathy, your story on YouTube and your saying “the touch that isn’t effective or that didn’t hurt” made a deep impression on me. Every... 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... 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... 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... Read more

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