ICUs in 2050: What end-of-life communication challenges await us?

ICUs in 2050: What end-of-life communication challenges await us? EJRC ARTICLE REVIEW   A paper in the “Intensive care medicine in 2050” article series published in recent months in Intensive Care Medicine, highlights how social and technological evolutions may have an impact on our way of communicating on end of life issues in the future […]

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ICM: THE NEWEST ARTICLES

ONLINE FIRST THIS WEEK (FREE ACCESS) From the Inside ~ Erwin J. O. Kompanje. Burnout, boreout and compassion fatigue on the ICU: it is not about work stress, but about lack of existential significance and professional performance. Conference Reports and Expert Panel  ~ Darryl Abrams et al. Position paper for the organisation of ECMO programs for cardiac failure in adults. […]

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Pressure injuries and sedation: Are they related?

Pressure injuries and sedation: Are they related?  EJRC ARTICLE REVIEW Critically ill patients inherently have most of the risk factors for the development of pressure injuries. One of the key factors is immobility, which is very frequent in ICUs. This lack of mobility is enhanced by the administration of sedation and a decreased consciousness of […]

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My ICU patient with acute hypoxaemic respiratory failure is immunocompromised

My ICU patient with acute hypoxaemic respiratory failure is immunocompromised: Results from the EFRAIM study EJRC Article Review   Over the past decades, the number of immunosuppressed patients admitted to ICUs has increased. This may be the consequence of increased use of chemotherapy, bone marrow and solid organ transplantation, as well as the increased life […]

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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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