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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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Reducing CRBSIs in ICUs: What’s the best strategy?

Reducing CRBSIs in ICUs: What’s the best strategy? EJRC Article Review   Background Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) are associated with increased morbidity, mortality, and additional healthcare costs. Addressing modifiable factors including infection prevention and control (IPC) practices is a cost effective means of reducing the incidence of HAIs. The Prevention of Hospital Infections by Intervention and […]

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N&AHP UPDATE: Free web-based infection course, APPIC, DecubICUs & LIVES 2018

N&AHP UPDATE Free web-based infection course, APPIC, DecubICUs & LIVES 2018   N&AHP Chair Carole Boulanger updates us on the numerous activities from the nurses and allied healthcare professionals group, including an exciting new educational course, practical smartphone App, nurse-led research study and LIVES 2018 abstracts… WATCH HERE: For more on the activities of the […]

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e-LIVES: February Highlights!

e-LIVES: February Highlights 3 Top Acute Respiratory Failure (ARF) sessions   This month we feature 3 top sessions from LIVES 2017 in Vienna selected by ARF Section Chair Giacomo Bellani. Breathing: Is spontaneous better? How do I manage the difficult to wean patient? Extracorporeal respiratory support This EXCLUSIVE CONTENT is available for all on our e-LIVES platform for […]

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Improving antibiotic stewardship in pneumonia: Is more aggressive viral testing the key?

Improving antibiotic stewardship in pneumonia: Is more aggressive viral testing a key to success? EJRC Article Review   Pneumonia has a substantial impact in the ICU, as a leading reason of acute respiratory failure and for mechanical ventilation. Since appropriate antibiotic use is crucial to limiting morbidity and mortality in pneumonia, intensivists normally prescribe broad-spectrum […]

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Keynote, Abstracts & Hands-on Sessions: Why you should attend LIVES Forum 2018…

Join us in Madrid ~ May 3-5, 2018   This three day conference on Monitoring in Acute Respiratory Failure led by top experts in the field, will utilise differing clinical scenarios to demonstrate the various monitoring options for patients from the acute to the weaning phase of mechanical ventilation.  LIVES Forum Committee member Claude Guérin highlights some […]

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Terminal weaning or immediate extubation: the ARREVE observational study

EJRC Article Review Terminal weaning or immediate extubation for withdrawing mechanical ventilation in critically ill patients (the ARREVE observational study) Worldwide, an increasing number of deaths occur in the intensive care unit (ICU) after a decision to withdraw life support [1, 2]. Relatives of patients who die in the ICU have been reported to experience […]

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