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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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ICM: ONLINE FIRST THIS WEEK

ONLINE FIRST THIS WEEK (FREE ACCESS) Conference Reports and Expert Panel  ~ Can Ince et al. Second consensus on the assessment of sublingual microcirculation in critically ill patients: results from a task force of the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine. Letter ~ Boun Kim Tan et al. A hospital-wide intervention replacing ceftriaxone with cefotaxime to reduce rate […]

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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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