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ISICEM15: Centralised or Regionalised Care?

2015 31 Mar

Existing critical care is expensive, poorly distributed and severely stretched. Regionalised trauma centres have shown mortality benefits, so should critical care be regionalised at larger centres? Derek Angus, Alain Combes and Jerry Nolan addressed this vexed question in relation to critical care, ECMO and resuscitation, speaking at the International... Read more

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ICU Management 1-1-1 Interviews

2015 31 Mar

ICU Management was in pole position at ISICEM last month to interview leading clinicians and industry experts at the 35th International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. We rolled out the blue carpet at our booth to ask key questions of concern in critical care. We are publishing the first selection today, with more to follow.Please... Read more

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ISICEM15: SIRS and Sepsis: An Unhappy Marriage

2015 31 Mar

What has been the impact of systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) on the definition of severe sepsis? Rinaldo Bellomo [(Melbourne, Australia), speaking at the International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (ISICEM) in Brussels last month considered the validity of SIRS criteria  in defining severe sepsis. Kaukonen, Bailey,... Read more

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ISICEM15: Personalised Medicine in Critical Care - the Future?

2015 31 Mar

Is personalised medicine the future for critical care? Hector R. Wong (Cincinnati, USA), speaking at the 35th International Symposium on Critical Care and Emergency Medicine in Brussels last month, suggested it is, given that intensivists generally manage heterogeneous syndromes, such as ARDS, AKI and sepsis, rather than  distinct diseases. In critical... Read more

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ISICEM15: Setting Research Priorities with Community Involvement

2015 20 Mar

Setting priorities for healthcare research involves a number of stakeholders, including patients and the public. Involving intensive care patients and families can be hard, but it can be done, and this was the theme of a talk by Stephen Brett (London, UK), speaking at the Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine Symposium in Brussels this week.  In the... Read more

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ISICEM15: Pepe’s Pointers for Dealing with the Media

2015 20 Mar

Paul Pepe’s 30 years as a public official (now in Dallas, Texas) and emergency medicine physician have given him plenty of experience of dealing with the media. Admitting that at first he tended to shy away from media contact, he said that experience has taught him some golden rules for public speaking and dealing with the media. Speaking at the International... Read more

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ISICEM15: Quality in the ICU has Many Facets

2015 19 Mar

Quality in the ICU in its many facets was the focus of a session at the International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine in Brussels this week. Early mobilisation is the norm in the ICU nowadays, but if you do not have enough physiotherapists, then which staff can assist? Jean-Michel Constantin (Clermont-Ferrand, France) spoke about... Read more

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#ISICEM15: All About the Data: Roadmap for Reducing Sepsis

2015 18 Mar

The key to reducing the burden of sepsis is knowing the scale of the problem, said Simon Finfer (Sydney, Australia), reporting on the deliberations of the Round Table Conference on “Reducing the global burden of sepsis” at the International Symposium on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine (ISICEM) in Brussels this week. Surprisingly little is known... Read more

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ISICEM15: Ten Rules for Dealing with Relatives

2015 18 Mar

There are two basic rules when it comes to dealing with and talking to relatives of patients in the ICU - Treat people the way you would like to be treated, and wherever possible treat people the way they wish to be treated. Stephen Warrillow (Melbourne, Australia) outlined ten rules for dealing with relatives, speaking at the International Symposium... Read more


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