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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.
Effect of liver support by MARS and Prometheus on serum cytokines

Effect of liver support by MARS and Prometheus on serum cytokines

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.
Study of Arterial and Central Venous Catheter Colonization

Study of Arterial and Central Venous Catheter Colonization

The epidemiology of positive quantitative culture of CVCs and ACs is comparable among severely ill patients with both lines.
Microbial Colonization on Surfaces of Intravascular Devices

Microbial Colonization on Surfaces of Intravascular Devices

Intravascular devices are indispensable because they provide safe, reliable vascular access. Unfortunately in severely ill patients many infections are caused by implantable medical devices...
Right Heart Values and Pulmonary Artery Catheters

Right Heart Values and Pulmonary Artery Catheters

When are right heart values not equivalent to those from a pulmonary artery catheter?
Deep Vein Thrombosis and Factor V Leiden

Deep Vein Thrombosis and Factor V Leiden

What are the guidelines for deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis in a patient undergoing surgery with a history of factor V Leiden?
Is There a Role for Music in the ICU?

Is There a Role for Music in the ICU?

Music is an intriguing intervention with potential benefits for critically ill patients.
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?
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?