• Hans Kristian Flaatten

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    Department of Intensive Care KSK Haukeland University Hospital —  Bergen, Norway

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  • ICU Management of the Very Old: The Evidence Base Anno 2022

    • 16/03/2022

    This overview explores the publications concerning the very old ICU patients since 2011 and with a focus on publications from the VIP network on elderly COVID-19 patients. Introduction In 2017, an international group of intensivists with a particular interest for geriatric intensive care published a statement paper (Flaatten et al. 2017). This paper discussed the status of research...

  • Male Sex - An Independent Risk Factor for Mortality in Very Old Intens

    • 24/08/2021

    Among 1,841 very old ICU patients with respiratory failure, although women had higher age and frailty, males had higher 30-day mortality assessed one month after ICU admission. Particularly in light of the ongoing pandemic, male patients appear to be at significantly higher risk for worse outcomes than females. Introduction Demographic change does not stop at  the intensive care...

  • Lessons From the “Very Old Intensive Care Patients” (VIP) Project

    • 14/09/2020

    An overview of the VIP project that studies a subgroup of patients  ≥  80 years, the oldest old, since both ICU mortality and morbidity are increased with advanced age. D uring the last 10 years, we have observed an increased interest in research into our oldest intensive care patients. This is brought forward with the expectation of a two-fold increase in citizens ≥ 8

  • Caring for very old patients in the ICU

    • 16/10/2018

    Describes the epidemiology and outcomes for very old patients as known in 2018, along with a short introduction to the most relevant “geriatric syndromes” important also for intensivists, and discusses where we should increase our body of knowledge to make a more precise triage in this patient group. The very old ICU patient is a term often used for those patients aged ≥ 80 years. This...

  • National ICU Quality Indicators Revisited

    • 30/11/2016

    The last two decades have seen an accelerated interest in quality management in healthcare in general, and also in intensive care specifically. Often safety has been the main issue, but increasingly a more general approach to quality has emerged, in particular with a focus on quality indicators (QI).   It is now more than 15 years since Pronovost and co-workers approached this area systematically...

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    Zoom On: Prof. Hans Flaatten, ICU Editorial Board Member

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    • 14/10/2014

    Professor Hans Flaatten has been Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at the University of Bergen since 2004, and he is a valued member of the Editorial Board of ICU Management. We asked him our...

  • Publiometrics

    • 11/03/2016

    The significance of research or researchers is frequently discussed and debated, so also in the medical research field. Why do we publish? This straightforward question is often difficult to answer, at least in a simple way. As a starter we can list some reasons: We wish to make a difference for the outcome of our patients; We have an obligation to do research because of unanswered questions;...

  • ICU Design – Does it Matter?

    • 21/10/2011

    Professor Flaatten explains how design can affect patient outcome, and reports data collected from a temporary ICU set-up during reconstruction of his ICU at Haukeland University. Does design matter? Intuitively most intensivists would probably answer yes to this question, given the experience we all have from various designs and functions in our daily life. Anyone who has tried to use a...

  • An Interview with Professor Hans Flaatten on Management in Intensive C

    • 15/08/2013

    Researcher and head of intensive care at Haukeland University Hospital, Professor Hans Flaatten believes that two goals essential to quality intensive care are good intra- and inter-team cooperation and respect, and constantly implementing the latest research findings into intensive care guidelines and practice. Introduction Professor Hans Flaatten has been the Medical Director of the Intensi

  • Critical Care in Norway

    • 15/08/2013

    Treatment of the critically ill is usually only infrequently debated in public in Norway. However, in the last two years there have been a few ICU cases that have generated a large amount of public interest in Norway. In these cases, the issue usually stems from a conflict between ICU physicians and relatives regarding ending life sustaining treatment. ICU physicians advise ending treatment, but...

  • Adverse Events in the ICU: Are We Aiming at the Wrong Target?

    • 15/08/2013

    Several studies the last decade have revealed that errors and adverse events are common in the ICU. Errors have become the norm rather than the exception in most ICUs—for physicians as well as nurses. Efforts have been made to prevent errors and adverse events from occurring, but evidence showing that preventive measures are effective is scarce. Experiences from our own ICU have also affirmed...

  • Education and Training in Intensive Care European Perspective

    • 15/08/2013

    Education and training have increased its importance the last decades. Twelve years ago European Society of Intensive Care (ESICM) published a paper concerning training in intensive care (Int Care Med 1996) and the society efforts to improve training within intensive care have expanded considerably since that time. Intensive care is an established medical field in all European countries...

  • Uneven Distribution of Resources in the ICU

    • 05/02/2012

    For this edition of ICU Management, we asked four influential leaders in critical care medicine, "What was the most important or interesting development in intensive care in 2011?" with the aim of pinpointing the hot topics in critical care and emergency medicine during the year just past, and identifying trends for the future. Each contributor provided a different and important viewpoint that identifies...

  • Benchmarking: Lessons Learnt

    • 29/09/2015

    Benchmarking —comparing your own results with those of others—has the potential to reveal areas in which your unit could improve. However, there are pitfalls you should be aware of. When he was the CEO of Xerox Corporation, David T. Kearns stated, “Quality improvement can’t be measured in a meaningful way against standards of your own internal devising” (Kearns 1990). This sentence captures...

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