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ICU Management

5 Steps Towards ICU Care for the 21st Century

2016 23 Feb

The intensive care unit (ICU) is an organisational intervention in itself , gathering the sickest patients in a single space, with care from a multidisciplinary team. Debate continues on the optimal organisation  and staffing of the ICU. However, the changing healthcare landscape means that it is unlikely there will be enough healthcare staff to meet... Read more

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Social Media Enabling Tele-ICU Services in Syria

2016 15 Feb

Free social media apps, such as WhatsApp and Viber, have enabled U.S. clinicians to provide tele-ICU services to critical care nurses in Syria. “Social media applications that many people in the West regard as something frivolous that teenagers use can be easily adapted for creating a life-saving international network that can deliver care where it... Read more

Cardiology Management

2016 25 Jan

Dr Michael Nurok is the medical director of the Cardiac-Surgical Intensive Care Unit within the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute. Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, he was instrumental in creating the first Intensive Care Unit at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, and served as the unit’s first... Read more

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ESICM 2015: Ready for Your Close Up? Public Data Disclosure

2015 13 Oct

Intensivists need to prepare for compulsory reporting of public data, says Andrew Rhodes, London. It’s happened in surgery ( see UK example ), and it’s coming to intensive care, in the UK and the Netherlands. Rhodes was speaking at the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine annual congress in Berlin, 3-7 October.   Florence Nightingale had it... 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: 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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Assessing and Improving Communication and Patient Handovers in the ICU

2014 24 Sep

Authors Paul Barach , MD, MPH Guest Professor University of Oslo, Norway Gautham K. Suresh , MD, MS Associate Professor of Pediatrics a nd Community & Family Medicine Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, New Hampshire... Read more