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ESICM LIVES 2013: Can We Prevent Medication Errors in the ICU?

2013 08 Oct

Medication errors can be prevented, but there is no one simple solution, according to the expert speakers at ESICM LIVES 2013.  Medication errors in the ICU are frequent, with a negative impact on patients. Andreas Valentin (Austria) suggested that to improve the situation, intensivists need to raise awareness, prevent errors and develop a culture... Read more

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Implementing a Diary Programme in Your ICU

2013 15 Aug

Patients recovering from serious illness have been shown to be at risk for developing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Studies show that around 1 in 10 patients with an ICU stay of 48 hours or more develop PTSD (Jones et al. 2007).   Since the 1980s, it has been known that patients don’t tend to remember much from their time in ICU and... Read more

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Adverse Events in the ICU: Are We Aiming at the Wrong Target?

2013 15 Aug

Several studies the last decade have revealed that errors and adverse events are common in the ICU. Errors have become the norm rather than the exception in most ICUs—for physicians as well as nurses. Efforts have been made to prevent errors and adverse events from occurring, but evidence showing that preventive measures are effective is scarce.... Read more

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An Interview with Professor Hans Flaatten on Management in Intensive Care

2013 15 Aug

Researcher and head of intensive care at Haukeland University Hospital, Professor Hans Flaatten believes that two goals essential to quality intensive care are good intra- and inter-team cooperation and respect, and constantly implementing the latest research findings into intensive care guidelines and practice. Introduction Professor... Read more

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Reducing Movement Pain in Intensive Care

2013 22 Apr

Monitoring pain and providing analgesics to patients in intensive care units (ICUs) during non-surgical procedures, such as turning and washing, can not only reduce the amount of pain but also reduce the number of serious adverse events including cardiac arrest, according to research published online in BioMed Central’s open access journal Critical... Read more

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iMDsoft at ISICEM - MVpanorama for Cross-Patient Management

2013 20 Mar

iMDsoft®, a leader in clinical information systems, has released MVpanorama™, providing centralised, comprehensive and actionable cross-patient information. MVpanorama bridges the gap between patient-centric records and the challenges of managing today’s critical and acute care departments, offering an intuitive visual display of key clinical, administrative... Read more

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ICU Design – Does it Matter?

2011 21 Oct

Professor Flaatten explains how design can affect patient outcome, and reports data collected from a temporary ICU set-up during reconstruction of his ICU at Haukeland University. Does design matter? Intuitively most intensivists would probably answer yes to this question, given the experience we all have from various designs and functions... Read more