Category Archives: Year in Review

ICM Year in Review 2

Statements and guidelines in ICM (Monza)

10 things to consider before you believe a clinical guideline

Consensus on circulatory shock and hemodynamic monitoring. Task force of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.

Strategies to reduce curative antibiotic therapy in intensive care units (adult and paediatric).

Prognostification in comatose patients post cardiac arrestConsensus summary statement of the International Multidisciplinary Consensus Conference on Multimodality Monitoring in Neurocritical Care : a statement for healthcare professionals from the Neurocritical Care Society and the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine.

Link to primary references


Perioperative critical care (Talmor)

230 million surgical procedures worldwide

Unlike other areas, we can influence the patient’s condition before procedure



More perioperative care research and work

Extubation onto high-flow nasal cannula

Prophylactic NIV in COPD patients post-op

EUSOS study


ICU Organisation (Soares)

Regional variation in critical care provision UK

Association between ICU level of care and mortality in Netherlands

ICU by size and level

After hours discharge

Do you know how much ICU care costs?

Editorial on cost of ICU

Quality improvement programme on weaning from mechanical ventilation


The three best 2014 papers in ICM (Azoulay)

De-escalation of empirical therapy is associated with lower mortality in patients with severe sepsis and septic shock

Prophylactic NIV in COPD patients post-op

Implementation of a multifaceted sepsis education program in an emerging country setting: clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness in a long-term follow-up study.



ICM Year in Review 1

Acute respiratory failure (Jaber)

Guerin et al: Assessement of the rate of diffuse alveolar damage on open lung biopsy performed in the ICU for nonresolving ARDS. The systematic use of steroids in nonresolving ARDS is not recommended.

Zhang et al:  PiCCO does not improve outcome when compared to CVP-based fluid management

Prophylactic extubation onto high flow nasal cannulae does not improve atelectasis

No difference between HFNC and HFFM for preoxygenation before intubation in ICU hypoxemic patients

There is no effect on outcome of sedative/analgesic therapy during NPPV

Implementing a quality improvement program for protocol-directed weaning showed an association with better outcomes in mechanically ventilated patients

Asynchronies during mechanical ventilation are associated with worse outcome

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