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Intensive Care Guidelines

May 3, 2018
A stimulating discussion of the Vienna paper that advances elective ECMO support for bilateral pulmonary transplantation.
March 27, 2018
A succinct balanced editorial advancing, amongst other things, the position for initial nonintervention for submassive pulmonary embolism.
January 3, 2018
Video and a readable digest of a talk in a Harvard meeting, especially interesting in its scepticism on prevention.
November 12, 2017
This randomized trial evaluated restricted (threshold of Hgb <7.5  at induction of anesthesia ) versus liberal (Hgb <9.5 at induction of anesthesia or <8.5 on arrival in ICU) for patients undergoing cardiac surgery who had a EuroSCORE of 6 or more.  The composite outcome was death, MI, stroke, or new onset renal failure.  Transfusion occurre
February 23, 2016
This consensus effort provides a new definition for septic shock, which affects a subset of patients with sepsis.   The definition requires the presence of circulatory disturbances (BP unresponsive to fluids and requiring pressors), cellular and metabolic abnormalities (serum lactate level >2 mmol/L).  The presence of these criteria is associated
July 23, 2015
  The paper presents the guidelines for authors on statistical and data reporting for the European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery (EJCTS) and the Interactive CardioVascular and Thoracic Surgery (ICVTS). It focusses on issues which are most frequently commented on by the statistical reviewers.
January 21, 2015
In this comprehensive article the author describes the potential harmful effects of peri-operative allogeneic transfusions during cardaic surgery employing the CPB circuit. The author also describes potenital risks of low hematocrits during CPB as would be seen when employing Acute Normovolemic Hemodilution technique for blood conservation.
June 16, 2014
Using data from the Australian Cardiac Surgical Database, the authors provide further information regarding acute kidney damage after cardiac surgery. This study has added to the evidence that preoperative impairment, IABP use, red cell transfusion and infective endocarditis are predictive factors.
May 23, 2014
Stepped wedged cluster randomized control trial from the World Health Organization comparing outcomes in those who received a Checklist.  Implementation of the WHO Surgical Safey Checklist decreased morbidty and hospital length of stay.