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Study: ICU May Be Overused for Some COPD, Acute MI, HF Patients

2017 17 Feb

For patients with COPD, heart failure and myocardial infarction, who are not critically ill, a stay in the ICU may be no more beneficial than staying on a ward, according to an analysis just published in the Annals of the ATS. Thomas Valley, MD, MSc, a pulmonary and critical care researcher at the University of Michigan Medical School, and colleagues,... Read more

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ICU Organisational Changes: Impact on Patient Outcome and Cost

2017 07 Feb

Changes in the organisation of the intensive care department over the past decades – including the implementation of the closed format and electronic patient record – have resulted in better patient outcome and reduction of cost, according to a review published in Journal of Intensive Care. In addition to planning for future improvements, the paper... Read more

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New Guidelines for Promoting Family-centred Care in ICU

2017 24 Jan

A new set of evidence-based guidelines for promoting family-centred care in neonatal, paediatric, and adult ICUs has been introduced at this year's Society of Critical Care Medicine's (SCCM) 46th Critical Care Congress. The guidelines, as well as supporting work tools, are now available on the SCCM and Critical Care Medicine websites.See Also: New App:... Read more

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Greater Primary Care Physician Involvement, Less Costly, Less intensive care

2017 11 Jan

According to new research by Claire K. Ankuda, MD, MPH, with the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Michagan Health System in Ann Arbor, and colleagues, regions that have greater primary care physician involvement during the last six months of life tend to have lower intensity, lower-cost end-of-life care. The research... Read more

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Study: Cycling in Bed Safe and Feasible for ICU Patients

2016 28 Dec

ICU patients on mechanical ventilation can use an in-bed cycle safely and early in their stay, according to research from McMaster University and St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, published in PLOS One.“We know that if patients start in-bed cycling two weeks into their ICU stay, they will walk farther at hospital discharge," said the study's lead author... Read more

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How Circadian Disruption Affects ICU Patients

2016 20 Dec

While circadian dysrhythmias in ICUs exist — expressed mainly as sleep deprivation, delirium incidence, and immunosuppression — hospitals have not taken adequate measures to overcome factors that lead to sleep disturbance, according to a review to appear in Journal of Critical Care. The manuscript is already available online, following acceptance for... Read more

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New App: Connecting Family with Loved Ones in ICU

2016 20 Dec

A new app from Naveon helps families with a loved one in the intensive care unit (ICU) communicate with the care team better. When family members are closely engaged with the care team, this can contribute to improved satisfaction and quality care, according to the company.See Also: New App for Patients Who Can't SpeakThe tool was developed by Dr. Mark... Read more

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Is Exercise Rehabilitation After ICU Discharge Effective?

2016 06 Dec

Exercise-based rehabilitation — including bed-based exercises and standing — has been shown to be beneficial when delivered during ICU admission.  However, such interventions, when initiated after ICU discharge, did not improve functional exercise capacity or health-related quality of life for survivors of critical illness, according to a new Cochrane... Read more