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Withdrawing Life Support for Patients with Brain Injury

2019 03 Jul

The decision to withdraw life support from patients with severe brain injuries is one that cannot be taken lightly. In a study conducted in CMAJ (Canadian Medical Association Journal), critical care physicians were asked about the decision-making process when it comes to withdrawing life-sustaining treatment.   The qualitative interview study was... Read more

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Imaging and intensive care medicine

2019 24 Jan

An evolving partnership A major evolution is underway involving critical care and imaging.  The intensive care patient population is changing. Increasingly intensive care units (ICUs) are treating older patients, with more comorbidities, and variable prognosis, at a time when family expectations are different and often with higher expectations... Read more

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Volume 17 - Issue 1, 2017

2017 16 Mar

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Utility of Brain Ultrasound in Neurocritical care

2017 16 Mar

Evidence shows that sonography of the brain can be used to visualise most of the intracranial structures, allowing estimation of the risk posed by life-threatening conditions, such as raised ICP, intracranial haematoma, hydrocephalus and midline shift. Brain ultrasound is increasingly used in the critical care setting. This technology is... Read more

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Anaesthesia: Brain Effects Differ in Old and Young Patients

2015 17 Aug

In a series of studies, Massachusetts General Hospital's researchers have observed the differences in the way common anaesthetics affect the brains of older patients and children — findings that could lead to ways of improving monitoring technology and the safety of general anaesthesia for such patients. Emery Brown, MD, PhD, and Patrick Purdon, PhD,... Read more

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Sleep Loss Hinders Decision-Making in High-Risk Situations

2015 12 May

Results of a new study, reported in the journal Sleep , provide a new understanding of how sleep deprivation can lead doctors, first responders, military personnel and others in a crisis situation to make catastrophic decisions. For the first time, researchers at Washington State University created a laboratory experiment that simulates how sleep... Read more

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Optical Imaging: Advancing Standard of Care in Paediatric ICU

2015 05 Feb

Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital have launched an investigation of the effects of general anaesthesia on infants’ brains that could help to improve clinical outcomes. Based on previous studies, infants exposed to general anaesthesia in early life have significantly increased risk of developmental delays. Despite known risks, "brain... Read more

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Peptides: New Promise for Spinal Cord Injury?

2014 08 Dec

A new chemical compound developed by a team of international scientists shows much potential in restoring function lost to spinal cord injury. The compound, which the team dubbed intracellular sigma peptide (ISP), allowed paralysed muscles to activate in more than 80 percent of the animals tested. The findings are published in the journal Nature .... Read more