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Palliative Care for COPD: Physicians' Views and Treatment Patterns

Palliative Care for COPD: Physicians' Views and Treatment Patterns

Researchers conducted an anonymous survey of medical trainees with a case vignette to determine attitudes regarding palliative care for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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Supraglottic airway resuscitation likely more or just as effective as endotracheal intubation for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest

In a randomized controlled trial, supraglottic airway resuscitation was associated with marginally better neurological outcomes and 72-hour survival compared with endotracheal intubation in patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrests.

Critical Care Recommendations Issued for Enhancing ICU Diagnostic Safety

Recommendations Issued for Enhancing ICU Diagnostic Safety

The recommendations include enhancing recognition of potential errors, increasing teamwork, and patient-centeredness.

Critical Care Six-Point Risk Factor Score Predicts Hypoxemia During Tracheal Intubation

Six-Point Risk Factor Score Predicts Hypoxemia During Tracheal Intubation

Oxygen saturation at induction and acute hypoxemic respiratory failure were the risk factors most strongly associated with lower oxygen saturation.

Critical Care Tracheal Intubation vs Supraglottic Airway Device in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

Tracheal Intubation vs Supraglottic Airway Device in Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest

The use of a supraglottic airway device compared with tracheal intubation did not result in a favorable functional outcome in patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

Critical Care Tidal Breathing Fails to Identify Premature Infants at Risk for Respiratory Disease

Tidal Breathing Fails to Identify Premature Infants at Risk for Respiratory Disease

Although preterm infants had abnormal tidal breathing measurements, significant differences were not found to be associated with postdischarge respiratory disease.

Influenza Influenza an Independent Risk Factor for Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis

Influenza an Independent Risk Factor for Invasive Pulmonary Aspergillosis

Influenza proved to be an independent risk factor for invasive pulmonary aspergillosis.

Pneumonia CURB-65 Tool in Community-Acquired Pneumonia Useful But Has Limitations

CURB-65 Tool in Community-Acquired Pneumonia Useful But Has Limitations

The clinical prediction tool that uses confusion, uremia, elevated respiratory rate, and hypotension in community-acquired pneumonia demonstrated an association with ICU admittance.

Critical Care AMA Code of Medical Ethics: Guidelines for End-of-Life Care

AMA Code of Medical Ethics: Guidelines for End-of-Life Care

Compassion and communication for both patients and families are among the most important factors involved in providing end-of-life care.

Critical Care Daily Drainage in Malignant Pleural Effusion Could Improve Quality of Life

Daily Drainage in Malignant Pleural Effusion Could Improve Quality of Life

Spontaneous pleurodesis was achieved more frequently in the daily drainage group than in the symptom-guided drainage group.

Critical Care Completing Sepsis Bundle Within an Hour Cuts Pediatric Mortality

Completing Sepsis Bundle Within an Hour Cuts Pediatric Mortality

However, completing individual bundle elements in that timeframe does not reduce pediatric mortality.

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Lower and higher oxygen saturation targets result in equal but contrasting outcomes for extremely preterm infants

In this meta-analysis, there was no significant difference between lower and higher oxygen saturation targets on a primary composite of mortality or major disability at a corrected age of 18-24 months for infants born extremely preterm.

Critical Care Thiamine Improves Lactate Clearance in Septic Shock

Thiamine Improves Lactate Clearance in Septic Shock

Lactate clearance improved in patients who presented with septic shock who were given thiamine within 24 hours of hospital admission.

Critical Care Indwelling Pleural Catheters an Option for Hepatic Hydrothorax Treatment

Indwelling Pleural Catheters an Option for Hepatic Hydrothorax Treatment

Indwelling pleural catheters can be used safely but with caution as a bridge to transplant or as palliative care.

Critical Care Extubation May Be Safe While on Vasoactive Infusions

Extubation May Be Safe While on Vasoactive Infusions

Overall outcomes of hospital mortality, unit mortality, and reintubation were similar between patients who were still on vasoactive infusions and those who were not.

Critical Care Reducing Computers in Surgical ICU May Cut Communication Barriers

Reducing Computers in Surgical ICU May Cut Communication Barriers

Reducing the number of computers in surgical intensive care units reduced barriers to communication.

Pulmonary Hypertension Prognostic Model for Mortality in Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension

Prognostic Model for Mortality in Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension

The Pediatric Index Pulmonary Hypertension Intensive Care Mortality model was compared with the Pediatric Risk of Mortality 2 and 3 models to determine the best model for predicting mortality.

Critical Care ICU Telemedicine Decreased Transfers to Other Acute Care Facilities

ICU Telemedicine Decreased Transfers to Other Acute Care Facilities

ICU telemedicine was associated with a reduction in interhospital transfers in patients with respiratory and gastrointestinal diagnoses.

Critical Care Initial Outcomes No Worse for Surgical ICU Patients With Cancer

Initial Outcomes No Worse for Surgical ICU Patients With Cancer

ICU and hospital mortality were lower for patients with cancer vs those without cancer.

Restrictive Lung Disease Venoarterial ECMO Improves Survival to Transplant in Interstitial Lung Disease

Venoarterial ECMO Improves Survival to Transplant in Interstitial Lung Disease

In patients with end-stage interstitial lung disease, there was a higher rate of survival to transplantation with venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation.

Critical Care Case Volume Affects Mortality for Immunosuppressed With Sepsis

Case Volume Affects Mortality for Immunosuppressed With Sepsis

Risk for death from sepsis was higher at hospitals with the lowest volume of immunosuppressed patients with sepsis.

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