- Jean-Louis Vincent, Erasme University Hospital
There is no relationship between days of continuous cover by a single intensivist and patient outcomes in adult, general ICUs in England but intensivist participation in handover is associated with increased mortality.
Induced hypothermia after cardiac arrest does not alter immune response when compared with patients with a body temperature regulated at 36°C, contradicting fears that induced hypothermia may increase the risk of infection.
The Behavioural Pain Scale and Critical Care Pain Observation Tool show the best reliability and consistency for assessing pain in ICU patients.
Acid-base abnormalities, such as increased strong ion gap or decreased albumin, are associated with immunological activation; this association cannot be explained by illness severity alone.
Using a surveillance culture-based algorithm could reduce the use of broad-spectrum antibiotics and may be preferable when implementing new stewardship programs.
Massively burned patients with high plasma and urine neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin levels are at risk of developing early acute kidney injury (AKI) and early mortality with burn shock.
Volume 18 Suppl 1 (17 March 2014)
Brussels, Belgium. 18-21 March 2014
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Antibiotic resistance in the ICU
Edited by: Dr Steven Opal
Published: 27 June 2014
Selected articles from the Annual Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine 2014
Published: 18 March 2014
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- 04 August 2014
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- 28 July 2014
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