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Prevalence and Risk Factors for Delirium in COVID-19 ICU Patients

2021 12 Jan

According to findings from a large study, COVID-19 patients admitted to the ICU in the early months of the pandemic had a higher burden of delirium and coma than is typically found in patients with acute respiratory failure. The findings are published in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. Study investigators tracked the incidence of delirium and... Read more

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Tocilizumab and COVID-19 Pneumonia

2020 26 Oct

Tocilizumab is a humanised monoclonal antibody that binds human interleukin 6 (IL-6) receptors. It is generally used in inflammatory arthritis, giant cell arteritis and cytokine release syndrome after chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy.   Tocilizumab has come under close scrutiny during the COVID-19 pandemic. Early observations from China... Read more

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Increasing Efficiency Without Affecting Patient Outcomes

2020 11 Oct

The economic and clinical fragilities of healthcare systems around the globe have never been more visible than during the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, the importance of resource allocation has been at the forefront. Weighing safety against costs when dealing with critically ill patients has been a source of dilemma for many healthcare professionals. ... Read more

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Promising Techniques in Sepsis After Cardiac Surgery

2020 14 Sep

The purpose of this article is to give an up-to-date, comprehensive review on the utilisation of extracorporeal blood purification techniques and immunostimulation in septic patients after cardiac surgery. Introduction Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening state caused by an infection and an inadequate, dysregulated host immune... Read more

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The Future of Critical Care: The Human Capital

2020 14 Sep

This article will focus on the non-clinical, human aspects of critical care, namely the patient and the ICU team. The modern concepts of humanising ICU care, the healing environment and future-proofing the ICU team will be discussed. Introduction Despite being a relatively young specialty, critical care has made remarkable progress... Read more

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Ethics as Superpower - Primum Non Nocere Against All Pandemic Odds

2020 14 Sep

Use Case COVID-19-ICU Bethany Hospital Germany Medicine is an activity of special dignity at all times. Healthcare professionals are responsible actors and have to consider the business of operating ethics. Weighing up values under considerable time pressure, existential fates and critically discussed evidence is a considerable challenge for them,... Read more

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Advances in Sepsis Research – New Tools Against One of the Oldest Diseases?

2020 14 Sep

Sepsis and septic shock are the leading causes of death in the ICU. With an estimated mortality rate of 40-60%, septic shock is in the focus of adult critical care medicine. It is broadly accepted that intervention in the very early phase of sepsis before the complex inflammatory host response is initiated should be one major area that clinical research... Read more

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Mechanical Ventilation in COVID-19

2020 27 May

There is no specific treatment for COVID-19 patients. For those who develop respiratory failure and are unable to oxygenate with non-invasive methods, critical care doctors are providing supportive therapy. Since the pandemic started, mechanical ventilation has routinely been employed to oxygenate seriously ill COVID-19 patients. Each hospital has... Read more

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Feasibility and Potential Benefits of Immersive Virtual Reality in the Intensive Care Unit

2020 19 May

Virtual reality (VR) is a developing technology with much current interest in its potential to improve patient outcome in a variety of clinical settings. Critically ill patients, their relatives and intensive care unit (ICU) staff are all at high risk of stress and anxiety and patients often experience pain. This study explores the potential benefits... Read more

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A COVID-19 Dashboard: Data Analytics to Aid Resource Allocation in Intensive Care Units

2020 19 May

In this article, we focus on clinical and practical application of current available cloud-based data analysis to track and benchmark in real-time suspect and confirmed COVID-19 cases, resource use and availability. Introduction The COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedented challenge to intensive care units (ICU) due to the... Read more