Category Archives: Intensive Care

THE BOTTOM LINE

While we at ScanCrit were thinking about what a great idea it would be, The Bottom Line just went ahead and did it. And they’re still doing it: Making a library of the key articles and most important trials in … Continue reading

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DEATH TO THE YELLOW CATHETER OF DEATH

It’s not news but I recommend you read Paul E Marik’s review of the Pulmonary Artery Catheter (PAC) from Annals of Intensive Care 2013. Basically he tears the whole thing apart, writes an obituary and suggest we make it a … Continue reading

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STEWART’S ACID TRIP

Acid-base calculations. The ones that make my head hurt. Every time I read up on it, I seem to almost grasp it and get a deeper understanding – which slips away slightly after a week or two. And a few … Continue reading

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COPD ICU MORTALITY

In intensive care, we are often called to deal with marginal or crashing COPD patients. Often, we end up intubating them. Then, in the morning rounds there always seems to be at least one passive-aggressive (†) colleague in the back, shaking … Continue reading

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ELECTROLARYNX – TALK WHILE INTUBATED

For awake, intubated patients a great frustration is the inability to speak. A great little report in NEJM shows a novel use of the electrolarynx – that little device some laryngectomised patients hold to their neck to produce robot sounding … Continue reading

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THE MOTTLING SCORE

Several methods have been developed for identifying and quantifying microcirculatory dysfunction in septic shock. We can measure buccal, sublingual and subcutaneous microcirculatory CO2-levels. Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) measures microcirculatory hemoglobin saturation. Sidestream dark field (SDF) imaging directly visualises the microcirculation. … Continue reading

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SEPSIS PROGRESS

The PROCESS and SEPSISPAM studies were serious blows to protocol EGD therapy in sepsis. With all the other dead ends we pursued (activated protein C, colloids, intensive insulin therapy, cortisone and what not) it is tempting to think that little … Continue reading

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PRESSOR DOSES AND PROGNOSTICS

Just a short post. In fact, I am writing these first two sentences just to make the post somewhat longer. Anyway, a paper in Journal of Critical Care makes vasopressor infusion doses less abstract. The authors correlate adrenaline and noradrenaline … Continue reading

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HYPOTHERMIC INFECTIONS

Adding to the discussion on therapeutic hypothermia or just avoiding hyperthermia in cardiac arrest patients after ROSC, there’s a new systematic review slash meta-analysis on infection rates in hypothermic vs normothermic patients. Prolonged therapeutic hypothermia shows an increased risk of … Continue reading

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β-BLOCKER IN SEPSIS – A TRIAL

A small study with patients randomised to standard ICU sepsis therapy, or ICU sepsis therapy with beta blockage. We’ve written about the potential for β-blockage in sepsis earlier. This is the first clinical trial. It shows much better survival for … Continue reading

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