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Crit-IQ Newsletter

  • Publish date : 14-04-2014
  • Hi Everyone!

    Lets have a look at the latest news and views in the critical care world.

    THE LITERATURE

     

    Health Care–Associated Infection After Red Blood Cell Transfusion - A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis


    Published by Rhode et al in JAMA. This meta-analyses  looked at RCTs that incorporated liberal vs restrictive RBC transfusion design, and evaluated the effect on healthcare-associated infection. They identified 18 trials and found that a restrictive strategy was associated with a lower risk of serious infection.

    Fibrinolysis for Patients with Intermediate-Risk Pulmonary Embolism


     Published by the PEITHO investigators in the NEJM. This multi-center prospective RCT tries to answer about whether or not to thrombolyse intermediate risk PE. They report on an improved hemodynamic state in the first 7-days, but an increased risk of bleeding with thrombolysis. Equivocal evidence? Have a look at our comments on this article.

    Why not have your say on any of our papers in Recent Comments

     

    This article and many more can be found in our Journal Club

     

    POSITION STATEMENTS 

     

    Check out the latest Cochrane reviews relevant to ICU in our Positions Statements database:

    PODCASTS 

    Come and check out our latest podcasts!

    March Journal Club Wrap: 

    Join Dr Neil Orford as he summarises the key literature from the past month. Staying up to date has never been easier!

     

    Do you have any ideas for our podcasts?  Send your ideas for topics and experts to admin@crit-iq.com

     

    MODULES

     

    Check out the latest module on Crit-IQ – Tracheostomy. This great module covers important topics including indications, insertion techniques, timing and complications and airway management during insertion.

    Our modules provide a great way of rapidly expanding your knowledge in key areas of intensive care.  You can take the quiz when you’ve completed the modules, and you’ll even receive a certificate of completion when you’re done!

    Check out our great array of knowledge

     

     modules and procedure

     

     modules.

      

    VODCASTS

     

    Come and check out our latest Vodcasts!

    Mouth care of a ventilated patient:

     
    A basic essential, mouth care for the ICU patient is more than just for comfort.  In this video we review how this basic task can reduce infectious morbidity and even mortality. – Out Tomorrow!

     

    Eye care in the ICU :

     

     Care for the eyes in the intubated ICU patient is an often under appreciated core task. In this vodcast, Todd reviews the basics.

     Do you have any ideas for our vodcasts?  Send your ideas for topics and experts to admin@crit-iq.com.

       

    BLOG

     

     Social Media and Critical Care: Join Chris Poynter, fresh from his experience at smaccGOLD, as he chats about the strengths, limitations and future of social media within our profession.

     

    WHAT’S ON

     

    International Fluid Academy Day (Antwerp, Belgium, November 28-29): Are you interested in fluid management of critically ill patients?  This fantastic seminar enters its 4th year and again features a top international panel of expert presenters.  Check it out in our conference calendar.

    The link for this and many other conferences can be found on the Crit-IQ conference calendar here.   

     

     

    DEPARTMENTAL MEMBERS

     

    Crit-IQ is delighted to welcome back The Mater Children’s Hospital, QLD, Australia as our latest departmental member to renew for another 12 months. Thanks for your support!

    If you’d like further information on how you can bring the benefits of departmental memberships to your unit, email todd@crit-iq.com today.

     

    Until next time,

    Keep Crit-IQ-ing!

    Don't forget to follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and find us on LinkedIn!

     

  • Publish date : 06-04-2014
  • Hi Everyone!

    Lets have a look at the latest news and views in the critical care world.

    THE LITERATURE

    Selective digestive or oropharyngeal decontamination and topical oropharyngeal chlorhexidine for prevention of death in general intensive care: systematic review and network meta-analysis

    the SuDDICU collaboration publish in the BMJ, Selective digestive decontamination (SDD) and selective oropharyngeal decontamination (SOD) is a divisive topic in critical care. This systematic review and meta-analyses sets the scene for SuDDICU and reinforces the finding of benefit. 

    Nutrition in the Acute Phase of Critical Illness

    M Casaer & G Van den Berghe publish in NEJM, A must read If you need to get up-to-date, are reviewing your feeding policy, or sitting an exam!

    Aspirin in Patients Undergoing Noncardiac Surgery

    The POISE-2 Investigators publish in this weeks NEJM. A multi-centre prospective, 2x2 factorial trial, randomised 10,010 patients undergoing non-cardiac surgery and at risk of vascular complications to aspirin vs placebo and clonidine vs placebo. This paper reports the aspirin result and suggests peri-operative aspirin does not improve outcomes, and results in more bleeding in patients at risk of vascular complications.

    Clonidine in Patients Undergoing Noncardiac Surgery

    This is the other arm of the  POISE-2 trial and reports the clonidine result.

    Why not have your say on any of our papers in Recent Comments?

    This article and many more can be found in our Journal Club.

     

    POSITION STATEMENTS

    Check out the latest Cochrane reviews relevant to ICU in our Positions Statements database:

     

    PODCASTS

    Come and check out our latest podcasts!

    March Journal Club Wrap: Join Dr Neil Orford as he summarises the key literature from the past month. Staying up to date has never been easier! – Out Tomorrow!

    Do you have any ideas for our podcasts?  Send your ideas for topics and experts to admin@crit-iq.com

     

    MODULES

    Check out the latest module on Crit-IQ – Tracheostomy  This great new module covers important topics including indications, insertion techniques, timing and complications and airway management during insertion.

    Our modules provide a great way of rapidly expanding your knowledge in key areas of intensive care.  You can take the quiz when you’ve completed the modules, and you’ll even receive a certificate of completion when you’re done!

    Check out our great array of knowledge modules and procedure modules.

     

    VODCASTS

    Come and check out our latest Vodcasts!

    Eye care in the ICU : Care for the eyes in the intubated ICU patient is an often under appreciated core task. In this vodcast, Todd reviews the basics.

    Do you have any ideas for our vodcasts?  Send your ideas for topics and experts to admin@crit-iq.com.

       

    BLOG

    Social Media and Critical Care: Join Chris Poynter, fresh from his experience at smaccGOLD, as he chats about the strengths, limitations and future of social media within our profession.

     

    WHAT’S ON

    CICM ASM, Australia: 13-15th June 2014. The College of Intensive Care Medicine Annual Scientific Meeting (CICM ASM) has evolved from a continuing education seminar into a world-class scientific conference attracting renowned national and international speakers and intensive care specialists, senior trainees, and others who care for critically ill patients.

    The link for this and many other conferences can be found on the Crit-IQ conference calendar here.   

     

    DEPARTMENTAL MEMBERS

    Crit-IQ is delighted to welcome back St Vincent’s Hospital, Toowoomba QLD, Australia as our latest departmental member to renew for another 12 months.  Thanks for your support!

    If you’d like further information on how you can bring the benefits of departmental memberships to your unit, email todd@crit-iq.com today.

     

    Until next time,

    Keep Crit-IQ-ing!

    Don't forget to follow us on FacebookTwitterGoogle+ and find us on LinkedIn!