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Intensive Care

August 9, 2018
This is a look at the costs related to surgical site infections (SSI), as defined by CDC. They show the impact on the monetary costs as well as length of stay with a variety of treatment methods. The costs of a deep SSI add significanty to the overall procedure costs, mainly due to the additional length of stay.
May 24, 2018
A severe blow to the concept of venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation for acute respiratory distress syndrome in the form of a well-executed randomized controlled trial.
May 17, 2018
Filmed at the 2017 EACTS Annual Meeting in Vienna, Austria, Jill Ley moderates a discussion with Teresa Kieser, Richard Van Valen, and Melissa Rochon on infection prevention and the management of surgical wounds.
May 14, 2018
Thomas and colleagues performed a retrospective analysis of patient information from the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program database to identify risk factors for postdischarge venous thromboembolism (VTE) following lung resection.
May 9, 2018
The authors have used a number of novel kidney related biomarkers to improve the identification of patients with acute kidney injury (AKI) and its likely progression. This is an important issue in cardiac surgery, as the outcomes after significant kidney injury can be quite devastating.
May 2, 2018
Using the Premier healthcare database, the authors analyzed the data of over 100,000 adult patients admitted to an ICU in the U.S.
March 27, 2018
A brief readable editorial on a retrospective analysis of the costs of coronary artery bypass grafting in Virginia, USA, which suggests the value of enhanced recovery in coronopathy.
March 27, 2018
A succinct balanced editorial advancing, amongst other things, the position for initial nonintervention for submassive pulmonary embolism.
February 6, 2018
The Nationwide Inpatient Sample was interrogated for all patients undergoing either CABG, valve replacement, or both from 2008 to 2011, and a total of 1,078,036 patients were included in the analysis.   The authors discovered that, overall, 9.8% of patients developed acute kidney injury (AKI) postoperatively.
January 18, 2018
The authors summarize the rationale and utility of point of care ultrasonography for identifying factors associated with hypotension or hypoxia in a deteriorating surgical patient, including hypovolemia, LV dysfunction, PE, pleural fluid, ascites, etc.  Their claim is that a variety of other diagnostic measures are less accurate, and that a single ul