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Study: Measuring Respect for ICU Patients and Families

2016 04 Aug

A team from Johns Hopkins University has developed the “ICU-RESPECT” index to evaluate patient and family experiences of respect in the intensive care unit (ICU). The questionnaire was administered to patients and families in 5 ICUs, and showed high reliability and concurrent validity in ICU patients and families. The researchers describe it as a  a... Read more

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Intensive Care Infection Score Fast and Cost-Effective

2016 03 Aug

The intensive care infection score (ICIS) has potential as a biomarker for infection, according to a study published in critical care. is derived from 5 blood-cell derived parameters that characterise the innate immune response in routine blood samples.Patrick J van der Geest, Erasmus Medical Center, the Netherlands, and colleagues report on the results... Read more

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Implementing Early Mobilisation: Practical Tips

2016 04 Jul

While the evidence for the benefits of early mobilisation in the intensive care unit (ICU) is clear, practical guidance on tools and methods to translate evidence into practice is lacking.A recently published paper sets out a strategy for safe mobilisation by a multidisciplinary team that includes doctors, nurses, physiotherapists and support staff.... Read more

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How to Implement Patient Blood Management Bundles

2016 28 Jun

Guidance on how to implement patient blood management (PBM) in a hospital is provided in an article just published in Transfusion Medicine Reviews.Corresponding author Prof. Dr. Patrick Meybohm (pictured), from the Department of Anaesthesiology, Intensive Care Medicine and Pain Therapy, University Hospital Frankfurt, Frankfurt am Main, Germany and... Read more

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Study: Change Management in the ICU

2016 27 Jun

Relocating an ICU can involve not only a physical move but changes to work practices. Relocation should be planned with a systematic change management strategy, dedicated leadership, and a communication strategy, according to a study published in Australian Critical Care.  Frances Fenghzhi Lin, RN, PhD, from the Centre for Health Practice Innovation,... Read more

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New ICU Mortality Prediction Model for Low-Income Countries

2016 22 Jun

A model to predict ICU mortality has been designed for use in low-income countries. The development team say that its use of a few easily collected variables  make it suitable for use in sites that care for critically ill patients in low-income countries. This is the first time since 1989 that a model has been developed or validated in a low-income... Read more

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End-of-Life Care in the ICU: WFSICCM Task Force Report

2016 21 Jun

As the demographics of ICU admission change, intensive care unit (ICU) staff are increasingly faced with ethical, legal and cultural considerations relating to end-of-life (EOL) care, including withholding or withdrawing life-sustaining treatment.The World Federation of Societies of Intensive and Critical Care Medicine (WFSICCM) Task Force, chaired... Read more

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Acute Kidney Injury Recommendations Published

2016 20 Jun

French intensive care and nephrology societies have published recommendations for AKI in the perioperative period and in intensive care units (ICUs). The document is published open access concurrently in Anaesthesia Critical Care & Pain Medicine and Annals of Intensive Care.The recommendations were developed by experts from the Société française d’anesthésie... Read more

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Thoracic Ultrasound Vital in the ICU

2016 20 Jun

Thoracic ultrasound (TUS) is vital for differential diagnosis in the ICU, and has many advantages, say the authors of a recently published review of the technique. The potential clinical applications of bedside thoracic ultrasound are explored in an article published in the World Journal of Radiology. The artifacts shown on ultrasound assist in improving... Read more

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ESA2016: Medication Errors - Care with Computerised Order Entry Systems Needed

2016 14 Jun

Computerised Order Entry (CPOE) Systems can improve the quality and safety of medication prescribing and reduce costs, according to Jozef Kesecioglu, Professor of Intensive Care Medicine at the Department of Intensive Care Medicine, University Medical Center, Utrecht, the Netherlands, speaking at Euroanaesthesia 2016 in London in May.Slow AdoptionThere... Read more

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