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ICU Management

Clinical significance of viral detection in critically ill patients

2018 17 Oct

Noninvasive diagnostic tests can ensure the early identification and treatment of viral infections in patients with haematological malignancies. New research from France assessed the clinical relevance of a positive virus polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test on nasal swabs in haematology patients at ICU admission. "Respiratory virus detection in the... Read more

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#EuSEM18: Sepsis in the emergency department - what antibiotics?

2018 18 Sep

Doctors are responsible for reducing antibiotic usage in their hospital, region and country. At the same time, emergency medicine doctors have the responsibility to treat very sick patients - with suspected sepsis and septic shock, efficiently. This was the conundrum addressed by Christian Backer Mogensen, consultant in infectious medicine and emergency... Read more

Executive Health Management

Control infections with leadership rounding

2018 09 May

Leadership rounding is known to be an effective way to boost staff morale and keep them connected with your hospital. According to new research, such practice could be the key to better infection control. This is because leadership rounding can create a sense of "psychologic safety," which makes frontline staff and clinicians more comfortable revealing... Read more

ICU Management

2018 26 Mar

The Surviving Sepsis Campaign recommends starting empiric broad-spectrum antibiotics in the initial management of patients with severe sepsis and septic shock (Rhodes et al. 2017). As a consequence, many patients receive unnecessary antibiotics, exposing them to adverse events, while others might be undertreated in spite of broad-spectrum therapy... Read more

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Volume 17 - Issue 4, 2017

2017 22 Nov

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Molecular diagnostics in severe respiratory virus infection

2017 22 Nov

Recent trends in virus detection assays and host response biomarkers This article provides an overview of the recent advances in molecular testing for patients with suspected respiratory tract infection.   Respiratory tract infections are common reasons for admission to intensive care units. For decades conventional culture techniques were... Read more

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Volume 16 - Issue 3, 2016

2016 27 Sep

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New Antibiotics for Abdominal Infections: What Can We Expect?

2016 27 Sep

Recently a number of new antibiotics or combinations for complicated ‏intra-abdominal infections have been introduced. Here we ‏review the currently available data of these new drugs and discuss ‏how they can be used in critically ill patients with complicated intraabdominal ‏infections.   Complicated intra-abdominal infections ‏(cIAI) remain... 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... Read more