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ESICM 2014: Access to Acute Care - Planning Needed Now for Cities

2014 18 Oct

More than half of the world’s population already live in cities, and the the proportion is predicted to grow to 70% by 2050. Infrastructure planning is essential for cities to manage this growth. However, access to information that can assist cities to plan healthcare is not uniformly available across high-, middle- and low-income countries.  In a joint... Read more

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ESICM 2014: Learning Happens Even During Crises

2014 15 Oct

The image of residents taking part in rounds to hone their clinical skills is a familiar one. In the context of intensive care, and frequent medical crises, how can this learning take place? The tension between the dual responsibility of patient care and optimal learning is felt in many medical disciplines, but learning interactions have rarely been... Read more

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ESICM 2014: What About the Family’s Burden?

2014 15 Oct

How much do we know about the burden for family caregivers of patients in the ICU? An intensive care unit (ICU) in Mexico surveyed family caregivers about the burden they carry with having a family member in intensive care.Dr Olivares Durán from Mexico presented the results at the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) congress this month,... Read more

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ESICM 2014: Can Protocols For Antibiotic Use Save Money?

2014 15 Oct

A study presented by Dr. Hugo Calderón at the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) congress in Barcelona this month looked at whether implementing a protocol for antibiotic use affected patient mortality and admission costs. This followed reorganisation of the intensive care unit (ICU) of the Hospital de Faro in Portugal, when the number... Read more

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ESICM 2014: What Do ICUs in Research Networks Have in Common?

2014 15 Oct

Most published large critical care studies are conducted through national or international critical care research networks. But what are the characteristics of ICUs belonging to these networks? The Health Services Research and Outcomes (HSRO) section of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) set out to answer this question. Typically... Read more

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ESICM 2014: We Need to Talk: Morbidity and Mortality

2014 13 Oct

Morbidity and mortality conferences are vital to promote systemwide improvement, said Professor Hans Flaatten, speaking at the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) congress in Barcelona this month. In France, the UK and the U.S. morbidity and mortality conferences are compulsory, but there are important reasons for all intensivists to... Read more

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ESICM 2014: The Cost of Sepsis in the ICU

2014 08 Oct

How much does it actually cost to treat sepsis in the ICU? Almost €30,000 according to a study presented at the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) congress in Barcelona last week by Marlies Koster-Brouwer, from the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. Koster-Brouwer observed that few studies have specifically investigated... Read more

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ESICM 2014: Crucial Role for Clinical Pharmacists

2014 06 Oct

The clinical pharmacist in the critical care department is the critical link between the right choice and safe treatment, said Robert Shulman, clinical pharmacist at University College London Hospital in the UK speaking at the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine congress in Barcelona last week. While European countries differ in practice, he... Read more

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EISCM 2014: ICU Workforce - The Challenges

2014 01 Oct

Increasing demand for intensive care will put immense strains on the intensive care workforce, said Andrew Rhodes, UK, speaking at the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) congress in Barcelona this week. Following the roundtable conference at the ESICM 2013 congress in Paris the Society set up an advisory group to look at intensive care... Read more

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ESICM 2014: ICU Design - Open Wards or Single Rooms?

2014 29 Sep

Stealing a slogan from the recent Scottish independence referendum, Geoff Bellingan from the UK presented the procs and cons of single rooms or open wards in the ICU. Speaking at the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine (ESICM) annual congress in Barcelona, he explained that he has become convinced that single rooms are the optimal provision.While... Read more


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