WHO: SAVE LIVES – How to Prevent Sepsis

It’s in your hands – Prevent Sepsis in Healthcare As part of its “SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands” campaign, the World Health Organisation (WHO) is working to raise awareness amongst healthcare professionals about the prevention of healthcare-associated sepsis through hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC). They have provided a number of key resources for practitioners […]

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ICM ~ Hot off of the Presses: ONLINE FIRST articles

ONLINE FIRST (FREE ACCESS) Original ~ Fabiana Madotto et al. Resolved versus confirmed ARDS after 24h: Insights from the LUNG SAFE study. Seven-Day Profile Publication ~ Tobias Welte et al. Efficacy and safety of trimodulin, a novel polyclonal antibody preparation, in patients with severe community-acquired pneumonia: a randomised, placebo-controlled, double-blind, multicentre, phase II trial (CIGMA study). […]

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(icTV) Treating Multi-Drug Resistant Infections

What do we need to fight MDR infections in our patients? In this icTV video, Matteo Bassetti discusses his thoughts on where we are in regards to treatment of multi-drug resistant infections in critically ill patients. Find out more about MDR in the paper from Intensive Care Medicine (ICM): The intensive care medicine research agenda on multi-drug […]

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Impact of real-time TDM on the prescription of antibiotics in burn patients

EJRC Article Review Patients with burn injuries may experience marked pharmacokinetic (PK) changes compared to healthy volunteers and patients admitted without burn injuries. These PK changes are related to both specific pathophysiologic alterations and the frequent use of supportive therapy in burn injury patients. Therefore, achieving adequate antibiotic drug concentrations in burn patients is challenging1. […]

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ICM ~ Your weekly ONLINE FIRST articles

ONLINE FIRST (FREE ACCESS)   Understanding the Disease ~ Takeshi Yoshida et al. Understanding spontaneous vs. ventilator breaths: Impact and monitoring. From the Inside ~ Thomas Bein. Successful repair of aortic dissection, but no more playing with the grandsons. Letter ~ Maja K. von Cube et al. Relative risk and population-attributable fraction of ICU death caused by susceptible […]

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SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands

WHO’s global annual call to action for healthcare workers 5 May 2018: It’s in your hands – prevent sepsis in healthcare   Sepsis is estimated to affect more than 30 million patients every year worldwide. While it often occurs prior to a patient’s access to the health facility, sepsis can also result from care provided […]

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PCT-guided antibiotic therapy in ICU patients

Procalcitonin-guided antibiotic therapy in intensive care unit patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis EJRC Article Review   Procalcitonin (PCT) is an acute-phase protein that has been extensively studied as a specific marker of bacterial infection. Its main proposed value is reduced use of antibiotics. PCT measurement has been recommended in the most recent edition of […]

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