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Machine learning algorithm 'more accurate' in predicting ICU readmission

2018 06 Jun

New research shows that a machine learning approach to predicting ICU readmission was significantly more accurate than previously published algorithms or prediction tools. Implementation of this approach could target patients who may benefit from additional time in the ICU or more frequent monitoring after transfer to the hospital ward, according... Read more

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Pre-ICU

2018 01 Jun

What happens before patients arrive in the ICU? We know that status pre-ICU is associated with outcomes after patients leave the ICU. We also know that we want patients to come to the ICU only if it is needed. This ties in to having an adequate emergency medicine system and innovative techniques in trauma as well as monitoring hospital patients... Read more

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Automated system detects risk of ventilator-associated pneumonia

2018 23 May

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have developed an automated system for identifying patients at risk for complications associated with the use of mechanical ventilators. The new system uses an algorithm that has been shown to be 100 percent accurate in identifying at-risk patients when provided with necessary data, according... Read more

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ISICEM18: What you need to know about ICU cost control

2018 27 Mar

Controlling ICU costs requires good interdisciplinary communication and optimised resource allocation and use. It does not mean that patient outcomes will be compromised. Taking on budgeting can be daunting, but there are key points to bear in mind, according to Jukka Takala, professor of Intensive Care Medicine in the University of Bern, Switzerland,... Read more

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2018 26 Mar

The Surviving Sepsis Campaign recommends starting empiric broad-spectrum antibiotics in the initial management of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock (Rhodes et al. 2017). As a consequence, many patients receive unnecessary antibiotics, exposing them to adverse events, while others might be undertreated in spite of broad-spectrum therapy... Read more

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Caring for critically ill immunocompromised patients

2018 16 Mar

We can do better! Élie Azoulay, MD, PhD, is Professor of Medicine in Specialty Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care at Saint Louis Teaching Hospital and Université Paris Diderot in France. He is the Director of the medical intensive care unit (ICU). He leads the French programme for the care of critically ill immunocompromised patients, and is... Read more

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Supervised machine learning predicts CLABSI

2018 06 Mar

Machine learning has proven to be useful for developing prediction models for outcomes in intensive care unit patients. A new study comparing machine learning techniques for predicting central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) shows supervised artificial intelligence can accurately predict CLABSI in patients admitted to the ICU. Early... Read more

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Real-time Surveillance of Influenza Morbidity

2017 13 Dec

Morbidity and mortality associated with influenza are routinely analysed retrospectively. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also releases weekly data on hospitalisations and mortality due to lab-confirmed cases of influenza. In addition, through its online Influenza Hospitalization Surveillance Network (FluSurv-NET), CDC provides... Read more

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Making critical care education BASIC: a collaborative approach to training

2017 22 Nov

This article highlights the key current challenges of intensive care training and education. We share our experience of utilising modern educational techniques through the BASIC Collaboration to facilitate global critical care training.   Critical care is a young and rapidly expanding specialty. This brings particular challenges in training staff.... Read more

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Effective education for palliative care: communication as a procedure

2017 22 Nov

Palliative care for critically ill patients in the intensive care unit is increasingly in the mainstream, and palliative care principles are vital to ensure comprehensive patient care. ICU Management & Practice spoke to Caroline J. Hurd, MD, Director of Education Operations at UW Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence, about the purpose of... Read more