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Cytokines are cleared from plasma by both MARS and Prometheus, but neither system is able to change serum cytokine levels. Read on to learn why.
Do most ICU patients have an increased long-term mortality risk after hospital discharge -- when compared with the general population?
Sepsis guidelines are useful in improving outcomes - if they're properly introduced into routine daily practice. Learn simple tactics for success.
Intravascular devices are indispensable because they provide safe, reliable vascular access. Unfortunately in severely ill patients many infections are caused by implantable medical devices...
When are right heart values not equivalent to those from a pulmonary artery catheter?
How common and costly are reamissions for sepsis survivors?
An ICU room with natural light may help sleep for some patients, but how does it impact the bottom line?
How close are the ties between the inability to communicate and psychological stress -- among ventilated patients in the ICU?
Brain natriuretic peptide measurement is a useful diagnostic tool for differentiating pulmonary and cardiac conditions, but is it useful for predicting mortality in patients with pulmonary embolism?
Dr Aaron Holley talks about why he prefers to give his ICU patients high-flow, nasal-cannula oxygen.
Is shock reversal faster with synthetic colloids or crystalloids?
What are the most common risk factors for the development of a stage II or greater pressure ulcers in medical and surgical ICU patients?
Find out what specific hospital exposures impact the rate of acute respiratory distress syndrome development among at-risk patients.
Can simple changes in patients' positioning result in potentially harmful endotracheal cuff pressures?
Closed suction systems are increasingly replacing open systems for endotracheal toilet in mechanically ventilated patients, yet safety and costs of these systems has not been carefully analyzed
Acute care nurse practitioners, with their constant presence on the unit, can provide more proactive care than can fellows, who have greater off-unit responsibilities.
What defines 'futile' treatment and how much does it matter to the bottom line?
The Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) score was developed to quantify the severity of patients' illness, based on the degree of organ dysfunction. How accurate and reliable is SOFA scoring?