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Validity of the Braden Scale for Patients in ICU

Validity of the Braden Scale for Patients in ICU

Get the skinny on skin breakdown prevention. Is the Braden Scale worth the time it takes to administer?
Instilling Normal Saline With Suctioning

Instilling Normal Saline With Suctioning

Rather than do procedures because "that's the way we have always done it," what does the evidence say?
What's Happening on Medscape Critical Care This Fall?

What's Happening on Medscape Critical Care This Fall?

Read about what's new on Medscape Critical Care this fall.
Intensive Exchange: Talking to Patients, Families in the ICU

Intensive Exchange: Talking to Patients, Families in the ICU

Communicating with patients and their families can be difficult in the ICU. Here are some tips on how to approach these often challenging conversations.
Elevated Cardiac Troponin Levels in Critically Ill Patients

Elevated Cardiac Troponin Levels in Critically Ill Patients

Levels of cardiac troponin, a sensitive and specific marker of myocardial injury, are often elevated in critically ill patients. But do they indicate myocardial infarction or an adverse prognosis?
Do Windows Affect Outcomes Among Patients in ICUs?

Do Windows Affect Outcomes Among Patients in ICUs?

An ICU room with natural light may help sleep for some patients, but how does it impact the bottom line?
Communication and Stress in Mechanically Ventilated Patients

Communication and Stress in Mechanically Ventilated Patients

How close are the ties between the inability to communicate and psychological stress -- among ventilated patients in the ICU?
Prognostic Value of Brain Natriuretic Peptide in Acute Pulmonary Embolism

Prognostic Value of Brain Natriuretic Peptide in Acute Pulmonary Embolism

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?
The Routine Use of Pediatric Airway Exchange Catheter After

The Routine Use of Pediatric Airway Exchange Catheter After

Reintubation of patients, which was thought to be nearly impossible by direct laryngoscopy, was easily achieved over the pediatric airway exchange catheter.
Confessions of a High-Flow Addict

Confessions of a High-Flow Addict

Dr Aaron Holley talks about why he prefers to give his ICU patients high-flow, nasal-cannula oxygen.
Fluid Resuscitation With Synthetic Colloids or Crystalloids

Fluid Resuscitation With Synthetic Colloids or Crystalloids

Is shock reversal faster with synthetic colloids or crystalloids?
Predictors of Pressure Ulcers in Critical Care Patients

Predictors of Pressure Ulcers in Critical Care Patients

What are the most common risk factors for the development of a stage II or greater pressure ulcers in medical and surgical ICU patients?
Potentially Preventable Hospital Exposures and ARDS

Potentially Preventable Hospital Exposures and ARDS

Find out what specific hospital exposures impact the rate of acute respiratory distress syndrome development among at-risk patients.
Cuff Pressure of ET Tubes in Patients on Mechanical Ventilation

Cuff Pressure of ET Tubes in Patients on Mechanical Ventilation

Can simple changes in patients' positioning result in potentially harmful endotracheal cuff pressures?
Open and Closed Endotracheal Suction Systems in Intensive Care Patients

Open and Closed Endotracheal Suction Systems in Intensive Care Patients

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
Outcomes of Care Managed by ACNP/Attending Team in Subacute ICU

Outcomes of Care Managed by ACNP/Attending Team in Subacute ICU

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.
The Opportunity Cost of Futile Treatment in the ICU

The Opportunity Cost of Futile Treatment in the ICU

What defines 'futile' treatment and how much does it matter to the bottom line?
Reliability and Accuracy of SOFA Scoring

Reliability and Accuracy of SOFA Scoring

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?
Do Your Patients Consume Enough Caffeine?

Do Your Patients Consume Enough Caffeine?

A major evidence review concludes that recommending caffeine/coffee for its health benefits is largely premature.