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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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ICM THIS WEEK ~ ONLINE FIRST articles

ONLINE FIRST (FREE ACCESS) Letter ~ Béatrice La Combe et al. Decreased susceptibility to chlorhexidine affects a quarter of Escherichia coli isolates responsible for pneumonia in ICU patients. Letter ~ Fabio Silvio Taccone et al.  Estimated cerebral perfusion pressure among post-cardiac arrest survivors. Letter ~ François Vincent et al. Palliative cares and the intensivist: not confined to the […]

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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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