Get the skinny on skin breakdown prevention. Is the Braden Scale worth the time it takes to administer?
Rather than do procedures because "that's the way we have always done it," what does the evidence say?
Read about what's new on Medscape Critical Care this fall.
Communicating with patients and their families can be difficult in the ICU. Here are some tips on how to approach these often challenging conversations.
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?
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?
Reintubation of patients, which was thought to be nearly impossible by direct laryngoscopy, was easily achieved over the pediatric airway exchange catheter.
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?