Filling the evidence gap: Decontamination of Oral/Digestive Tract for ICU Patients

CLINICAL TRIAL RESULTS icTV Interview In this icTV interview, Bastiaan H. Wittekamp (Utrecht, Netherlands) describes the results of his multinational cluster randomised clinical trial on decontamination strategies in ICUs. Results from this trial were presented during the Presidents’ Ground Breaking Research Release Session at LIVES 2018 in Paris and were published in JAMA. Watch the President’s Session at LIVES […]

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Sleep: How crucial is it in the ICU?

Sleep: How crucial is it in the ICU? EJRC ARTICLE REVIEW   Sleeping is one of the most pleasant and essential activities that human do. However, when a patient is admitted to the hospital, and more importantly, to the ICU, sleeping falls to the bottom of the “priorities list” due to the acuity and severity […]

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Can cell surface markers predict risk of secondary infection?

The INFECT Study: Cell surface signatures of immune dysfunction risk stratify critically ill patients EJRC Article Review   Background In critically ill patients, immune activation is often accompanied by a state of immune depression. The persistence of this is associated with a complicated intensive care unit (ICU) course, including the development of nosocomial infections1. Objective […]

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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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